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June 22nd, 2010
09:57 AM ET

Gen. McChrystal: Will he Stay

Criticizing the boss during an interview- one way to get noticed around the office. The top American commander in Afghanistan, can vouch for that. General Stanley McChrystal is spending the day in Washington discussing an unflattering interview with Rolling Stone Magazine. Yesterday, the President ordered the general to the White House to explain the comments.

The big question now: Will General McChrystal stay, or will he go?

The "Rolling Stone" Magazine article quotes one unnamed McChrystal aide as saying the general took charge of the war in Afghanistan by quote, "keeping his eye on the real enemy: the wimps in the White House." McChrystal’s direct quotes appear less critical. He says he was, “disappointed" by his first Oval Office meeting with the president. Another sit-down with the president got him a dressing-down for publicly demanding more troops. McChrystal said, "I found that time painful. I was selling an unsellable position." The general has apologized for his comments and what he calls “poor judgment.”

We want to hear from you. Should General McChrystal keep his job? How do you think President Obama should respond?
Leave us a comment. We’ll share some of them on air in the CNN Newsroom, 11am — 1pm ET.

Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (429 Responses)
  1. nic

    He was just speaking from the soldier point of you. We all knew that there was "hello?division" in the house.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  2. Chris

    He spoke the truth. Why is the President such a baby. Get REAL. We have a so called freedom of speech. What a joke.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  3. Georgia P. Burdell

    The general should be court marshalled. He sets the tone for the troops in his command. Insubordination cannot be tolerated at any level.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  4. John Mark Miller

    Do you remember the dialogue from Apocalypse Now? "...a war ran by grocery clerks who are going to end up giving away the store." I think wars should be ran by Generals and politicians should stick to politics. We hamstrung our military in Vietnam and look what happened! It is the doom of man that he forgets.
    Vietnam revisited.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  5. Sharon Goertz

    As the wife of a retired Army officer, I believe McChrystal and his aides should be court martialed. Ask Gen. McChrystal how he would have handled a Major doing this to him! It damages chain of command.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  6. Lee

    I believe Gen. McChrystal should be forced to resign. The disrespect shows he is not totally committed to the mission of President Obama. Also he should be demoted to Lt. Colonel.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  7. James Gillum

    This isn't the General's first rodeo. He has been critical of this President before and has spoken out of school before. This should be the last straw. He should be relieved of his command no matter how "good a soldier" he is perceived to be. A good soldier follows orders and does not criticize his superiors.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  8. mike

    As much as he might just be critical to the operation, he needs to go, and should step down rather than forcing the President to replace him.
    A cohesive management team is critical to any operation and the general knew better, and this is not the first time he has shown disrespect not only for the person filling the office of President, but for the office itself.
    He needs to do the right thing and move aside.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  9. Darrell Wayne - San Francisco

    This is a great opportunity for the president to act like a president and fire McCrystal. End of story. The president receives enough criticism from the people on the right as well as the left. His approval ratings are dropping and have been for a long time. Stand up Mr. President and fire the General and seek a better replacement.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  10. sandra

    I think the president should take these comments very seriously! The general should have never said those things, especially for anyone to hear. Obama is the president for god sakes, it seems these days people think they can just say what ever then retract it.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  11. S. Duberstein

    This general has some severe issues he needs to work thru which he can do while he is retired which he will be after he is demoted and discharged which is how this should be handled.
    Protect our troops from this guy.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  12. Karl Heyliger

    As a retired Army First Sergeant I would say the general should resign his commission immediately. If he stays on the job then subordinates will think it is okay to bad mouth the Commander in Chief. He took an Oat and he needs to soldier up to it,

    June 22, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  13. K. Hervey

    My husband has been in the Army for 10 years, is about to deploy again, and we understand how important it is to show a united front with command. However, it was a breath of fresh air to hear Gen. McChystal's comments. Not because it was wrong or right but because FINALLY a general is speaking like a soldier instead of a politian! Gen. Patton would be proud.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  14. Donna

    This is inexcusable, he should be fired. Americans want Obama to take a stand on this one. Obama has to show the world who is in charge of America.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  15. Dennis

    I think McChrystal should be fired and he should lose his pension.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  16. s roudefield

    think he better listen to the general. McChrystal is right. The white house is a bunch of wimps-Can't even call the enemy –combatants
    What does that tell you

    June 22, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  17. Kevin

    If you can’t take public criticism get out of politics. He apologized, get over move on and win the war.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  18. John Mondelli

    Being a Vet I find the Generals remarks disrespectful to his boss, The Commander In Chief. After all this is the Military not a business. The President should fire him.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  19. Geneva Booth

    The honorable thing for General McChrystal to do is resign. He has breached a Code of Honor. You do not under any circumstances while wearing the uniform of the U.S., and as the commander of a war theater, speak this way about that war or your Commander in Chief. Period!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  20. Don Alfera

    This General is in a military organization. If he has reached his rank and forgotton the responsibility of and the reason for a "Chain of Command", then he needs to be replaced.
    This General must feel that the ability of him to work in union with the White House staff is not very good, should step aside instead of usurping the chain of command. Perhaps he needs to retire or just plain get fired, maybe he is just plain burned out and can not promote a positive work place for his people.
    Never forget the military is not a democracy, it is there to defend democracy but must act with unified action with strong leadership from dedicated professionals.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  21. Josh

    Some people make mistakes by opening their mouth when they aren't supposed to. Everyone is guilty for that. But when you open your mouth in a position of high statute, that proposes obvious problems. However, when people admit their mistakes and take responsibility for their actions, such as General McChrystal, it separates the men from the boys. President Obama needs to overlook this issue, and keep his eye on the real problem because if he relieves General McChrystal from duty, we are in deep trouble.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  22. Arnie

    No doubt the POTUS has a great amount respect for the Men in Uniform and has done everything in his power to show that respect. When a top commander in Uniform does not reciprocate such respect he should be shown the door! No question ask! Than let him go call the POTUS a whimp. If the President does nothing he will open the door for others to do the same.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  23. Kevin

    If you can’t take public criticism get out of politics. He apologized, get over it, move on and win the war.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:16 am |

    General McCrystal should be ashamed of himself and more then that he should be dishonorably discharged for his insolence! It is one thing for the average American to voice his opinion it is quite another for a General in The United States Military! My 19 yo daughter is leaving for basic training in the Army on August 3, 2010. It doesn't make me feel very secure to think that the men at the top don't understand the rules!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  25. Steve Temple


    There is no excuse for a Sr. Military officer criticizing the President of the United States in Public. Mc Arthur lost his job for less when he went up against President Truman. The fact that other staffer were involved just shows the level of disrespect fostered in his office.

    Steve Temple

    June 22, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  26. Larry McCallister

    Tony What would happ en if you called your boss a whimp?
    Or called your boss a liar? Obama should clean house!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  27. Lynn Ross

    Maybe the general speaks the truth!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  28. Michelle

    As a fellow veteran, you have to understand that there are times that you don't agree with your chain of command and can become very disgruntled. As a General though, you should no better than to voice your own personal issues with a news reporter unless you felt it would help get the point across to the administration that you feel they don't support you. Maybe the General wanted the public to know that there is division in the administration when it comes to the war. Regardless he has to remember the core Army beliefs and that he is supposed to be setting an example, don't ever air your dirty laundry to the press unless you are wiling to deal with the consequences.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  29. Bob Rasmussen

    As a Vietnam era veteran, I am appalled at the comments made by General McCrystal. President Obama should immediately fire him. One of the first things learned in the military is the chain of command and that the President is the Commander-in-Chief. Not only should he be fired, but, charged with insubordination. Unfortunately, some generals think they are the Command-in-Chief and forget they are working for the President of the United States. McChrystal should resign immediately.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  30. Dan

    The president should let the general run the war. Keep politics out of the equation.
    From a military stand point, the general is much more qualified than the president to take care of the war.
    Stop summoning the general to the white house every time he says something the president doesn't like.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  31. David

    Our White House should read between the lines. If the "Top" General is making comments, maybe they should listen. This goes along with little or no experience. Let the right people on the bus drive the bus and do their job!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  32. Darrell Wayne - San Francisco

    As a follow up, if McChrystal felt that he could not win this war with Obama's plan, then he should have never accepted the position last May. He apparently has forgotten who his boss is. FIRE Away Mr. president.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  33. Phil in Florida

    I think Rolling Stone Magazine did a disservice to the General. I believe that choosing to publish the article before discussing it with the General displays a lack of disregard for our national security and efforts in Affganistan. All this notwithstanding, the President is the Commander-in-chief and his boss. So let's see how the boss handles this critisism. Personally I agree with the General's assessment of the White House leadership.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:17 am |

    Apologies are just words. General McChrystal's insulting comments to his Commander-in-Chief cannot be erased by an apology. This is childish and meaningless. General McChrystal should resign forthwith and not wait for the President to fire him. We have other better disciplined generals who can take his place. Is no one else old enough to remember when President Roosevelt fired Douglas MacArthur? We won WWII without him.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  35. Emma

    McChrystal should be demoted. I'm tired of these arrogrant military generals who parade around the world & party with private sector corporate military contractors.
    Why is McChrystal allowing the corporate contractor military to put our troops in harms way-possibly selling the positions of our troops to the enemy?
    McChrystal's ego is destroying the mission in Afganistan & I believe harming our troops.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  36. George

    The truth hurts. Obama is out of his league in leading this country. This isn't a job for "Community Leader" as the only leadership quality.
    As far as the General is concerned, he stated his opinion and unfortunatly, it should cost him his job. He need not voice opinions that undermine the "commander-in-chief" no matter how true it is. At least not on active duty.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  37. curtis

    the recent comment was just a prelude of what mccrystal was feeling not just recently but over a period of time. His comments all made publicly shows a track record of his disrespect for the Obama Administration. the army have a huge number of competent high-ranking officers, enough said.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  38. Charles

    I feel that Gen McChrystal is the enemy and can't be trusted. Gen McChrystal should be fired for such comments against the Obama's administration.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  39. BrendaL

    As usual, CNN goes left on their thinking. I commend General Mc Crystal for his candor and regret that he apologized. This administration are just a bunch of "Keystone Kops" They haven't done munch of anything right yet, but CNN and MSNBC keep on with their hiding and reporting the truth.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  40. Dee

    If anyone did this in the private sector they would be fired! I really think that this is still racially motivated. He should not give an apology for how he feels. He should get out of the way. He and any of the others are a "weak link". As the show says, "you are the weakest link, good-bye".

    June 22, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  41. Lewis Plummer

    President Obama campaigned on the promise of an open-door policy of government. I am hoping he will consider the important mission of this country in Afghanistan moreso than being offended by what Gen. McChrystal may have said in a weak, poor judgement time in his long, impressive career. That moment does not define his whole life and career. I would be more impressed President Obama if he DID NOT fire McChrystal than if he did....Otherwise, President Obama may hear a lot more negative comments about his administration if he does fire McChrystal. Seriously, think about this! McChrystal's job performance has been stellar; isn't that what we would prefer?

    June 22, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  42. Ro 13

    Hurray for the General! It's about time someone told the TRUTH about the incompetence in the Whitehouse! As for him being "allowed" to comment... the 1st Amendment is still in effect! The Obamites have not repealed it as of yet!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  43. dmmd

    As commander in chief Obama must demonstrate he is the boss. General McChrystal must be relieved of his position if for no other reason than to set an example to other brass to keep their mouths shut.
    Personally I am amazed that such a fool can reach the high rank of General. It makes me worry about the safety of the country. The military should give their foreign policy opinions to the State Department and not to the press. If they are unhappy and disagree with a policy they should resign. I believe the president is the commander in chief and the big brass should learn to respect his position.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  44. Eggman

    Wimps - When one country invades another country to fight an artificial "war on terror" and behind that veil we are building a pipline for oil from the Caspian sea into China via Afghanistan, not to mention vast mineral resources recently discovered in that same nation, 'wimp' is agenda based speculation.

    A wimp is a person who follows, and creates, orders that are unethical. The White House and it's generals are all guilty of crimes against humanity. No smoke screen necessary...

    June 22, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  45. James Schmidt

    Obama needs to send a hard message to all in his command.

    Gen. McChrystal should be relieved of his duty, a new Gen. put in place and move on. But above and beyond that, bring the troops home.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  46. Stanley Gilmer

    This General is out of his mind criticizing the white house in such a crude and ridiculous fashion to a news reporter on such a critical issue verging on a national security breech.Why would he take such a treacherous cheap shot? He needs to be made to explain his position as to why he considers President Obama and his staff wimps. How are they wimps? How did he derive that stupid opinion? What should does he think America should be doing on the ground? What is his remedy? Does he have a better plan? Does he have a plan at all? Or just a big mouth?What? Make this dude speak up!!!!!! Now!!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  47. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The general disagrees on the presidents war strategy which is normal but to outcry his on beliefs to the public and troops is a break down in the chain of command and is dangerous to the mission and overall peace of mind to the troops the general should have wrote a letter to congress and not Rolling Stone Magazine the general is evidently not on board with the president and needs to be replaced with this state of mind he is dangerous to the mission .

    June 22, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  48. Roy

    Hello Tony, I'm a retired enlisted soldier who has served in the military for more than 26 years. If I would have said this about the president, I would have been stripped of all my years of service and put out of the military and so should General McChrystal. How could the president allow this man to continue to lead our soldiers?

    June 22, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  49. Ginger Griffin

    When those in high ranking military positions show such blatant disrespect and disregard for the Commander-in-Chief and other superiors, one can't help but see that lack of our nation having a united front in wartime shows insecurity and weakness from within and without.
    This general should do everyone a favor and resign before he sours everything, if he hasn't already done so.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  50. terra

    I feel he should step down whatever his feelings were he should have known anything he says to rolling stone is on the record. If he couldn't figure that one out then maybe he should not be the leader in this war.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  51. L Graves

    Obama needs to fire McCrystal. They have never had a good working relationship with mutual respect and now McCrystal has publicly insulted his boss, the Commander in Chief. McCrystal is a loose cannon and does not belong in the position he currently occupies – he is an embarrassment to the White House and the country.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  52. betty coakley

    If Obama does not fire McChrystal, then we voters can assume that he does not have the guts to be commander-in-chief. The general has a singular background at Fort Benning and Fort Bragg. That't'safter you scrape away all of the extraneous 'honors.' And the fact the Petraeus has him as a protege does Petraeus no good. However it does make more reasonable the gossip that the work that Petraeus took credit for which led to his elevation was actually the work of junior officers who never got credit. This pair need to get the door the same way McKiernan did. Makes me wonder if the dismisssal of McKiernan was really justified, or simply politics where skinny little Petraeus was setting himself up with a power structure. That is what clever incompetent pseudo leaders do. And to think that the lives of the men are in their hands., Just ask the Tillman family about that. Or do all of you remember that McChrystal was a major part of that cover-up.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  53. Butch from Southgate

    Having served, I find it difficult to believe that a famed military stratagist would make such an error. I don't believe for a moment that this is a case of poor judgement but rather, a commander who is making a statement to his peers at the cost of his military career. McChrystal is without doubt, falling on his sword to prove a point that he believes is serious enough to forfit his career.

    I believe that even if his career is saved by the grace of the President. McChrystal's future is in ruin. He will never be effective as a commander again. He has crossed the line and will eventually fade away most old soldiers.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  54. Bob Steele

    Military Commanders frequently forget that wars are only one form of foreign affairs and become convinced that the only way is to WIN the war.

    MacArthur made this mistake in the Korean war, and as a result butted heads with the President at the time.

    Generals in the Vietnam War made tnhe same mistake but unfortunately h\they had the support of Nixon. Ater atime we got out of Vietnam but failure to WIN had no adverse long range effect.

    Afghanistan is a divided nation(?) with three elasticities that are mutually divided. This war cannot be WON. The best we can do there is to withdraw after nine or ten years of war. .

    Obama should sack this insubordinate general.


    June 22, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  55. Carey G Robinson

    After serving in the US Army for 13 years reaching the rank of SFC also serving in Desert Storm, the average soldier could not say anything that was negative about his/her peers publicly without suffering the consequences of uniformed code of military justice. If I had made those comments about the General as a SFC in the US Army, i probably would be stripped of my rank and facing a court martial. Why should his punishment be any different. I hate to say it but we will soon see who the real wimps are.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  56. A.W.S.

    I dont think anything should be done to Gen McChrystal. Unfortunately his comments were in front of Rolling Stones reporter, but this is just another example of military leadership vocalizing their feelings towards the White House and its half in half out support. It isn't the first time since the war on terrorism started and it wont be the last.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  57. Lou

    Ask any private in the Army - insulting your superior officer is insubordination. For a General to insult his Commander-in-Chief in print is unforgiveable.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  58. Robert Cherry

    If the commander said that comment, about the white house ,then he is thinking like the enemy, so he can not serve the country at his best.Sound like a house divided.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  59. Dean

    Its not surprising to me of the generals comments towards the president. There has been a faction in this country who were so outraged and disappointed when he became the president they were determined to undermine the presidents efforts every step of the way. That being said i don't think he should be fired. The president should meet privately with general and ask him what problems he has with him and clear the air. If thats not good enough for the general, then the president Obama should fire him

    June 22, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  60. Jamie Mitchell

    If what has been reported about General McChrystal's comments and his stafff's' about the President,Vice President,and National Security Adviser are found to be accurate, then the General MUST be replaced
    ASAP! I was a Army Lieutenant during Vietnam and such arrogance and insubordination cannot be tolerated. The chain of command dictates that the leader is responsible for all that occurs under his command. General McChrystal has violated that trust.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  61. Ron Bennett

    Gen McChrystal showed really poor judgement.Maybe he has post traumatic shock syndrome? If he's terrific military commander,this is a sad situation for the US. Gen MacArthur was also irreplaceable with far greater public support. Duty, Honor, Country. There's only one honorable route for McChrystal at this point.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  62. Mac Moser

    What was the general thinking.... to undermine Obama? Isn't that one way of destabalizing this nation? Enough is enough, line up the squad and drop this traitor. He does not deserve celebrity, cush oor book deals... at least ban that and cancel his retirement.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  63. A. Elliott

    Get rid of General McChrsytal. The President cannot allow this general to get away with this. He's another McArthur thinking he'e above the authority of the President. There are other qualified officers available to complete the President's mission. If the President fails to remove the general his respect from the troops in the field will be damaged. When the President's top soldier disrespects him he must get rid of him immediately.


    June 22, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  64. Sonny R

    Tony, here's my problem, this is the second time the General had to be called to the White House and he still doesn't get it. Obama is the president of the United States and his boss. If he thinks the president is a "wimp" the president should fire him and promote someone else who can do the job. There are more Generals, who are doing a good job and if promoted can take over for General McChrystal. He was promoted to this position and someone can replace him.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  65. Stan

    When you have an incompetent White House, maybe the comments were needed.
    Does anyone know what the General said? Maybe, just maybe, it's true.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  66. Henry W. Boone

    Principles over personalities. Yes the comments toward the President and his staff was not proper. Our military forces are fighting for our freedom but they can't vent openly as you and I can do. I think the General and his staff used poor judgement by speaking openly in front of a reporter. Henceforth, lets get pass this and continue with the mission at hand. I live in Columbia, SC where backbiting is common, but should it be.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  67. Thom

    I applaud General McChrystal's statements, he and his staff spoke their minds and shouldn't have to apologize. This is still America where freedom of speech is a right. Give them hell General McChrystal... We support you.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  68. Lonnie Pritzen

    This is an excellent opportunity to address the arrogance and overall disrespectful attitudes by many in the military regarding all the liberals they say they are fighting to protect.

    The Afgan and Iraqui wars ARE NOT WINNABLE! Anybody who thinks so is on some very serious political-crack! The conservatives have set the tone for this kind of confrontation.

    As far as McChrystal is concerned, He's publicly disrespected the King – "off with his head". That's what all the good conservatives would say if the situation were reversed!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  69. charlie

    Dear Mr. Harris,

    It is wrong for a military commander to criticize the president in print or in speaking. I expect Gen McChrystal to resign, retire to San Antonio, write a book, make alot of money on the conservative speaking tour, and become the darling of military commentary for the right wing Republicans in the upcoming election and beyond. President Obama is doing the best job possible trying to manage a very unpopular war along with controlling all of the turmoil in the Gulf oil crisis. The president does not need to be blindsided like this by his top military commanders.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  70. Harriet

    He sound very much familiar. Like some of the conservative right wing haters of the president. He should be investigated to determine if he is connected with these people who can not stand a black president and insult our president every day on their radio talk shows. If he is more loyal to their ideology than to our commander-in-chief and our country then he should be fired!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  71. Rey Resendez

    As a retired senior military officer, I know that General McCrystal has violated military protocol by publicly criticizing a senior member of his chain of command, in this case the Commander-in-Chief. He should do the honorable thing and submit his resignation immediately. There are more then enough combat experienced generals today that can take over in a war zone. We saw this same situation during the Korean War and General Douglas MacArthur was replaced.

    Rey Resendez

    June 22, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  72. Alisa

    First of all, when are we as the American people going to accept the fact that President Obama is dealing with a mess that was passed on to him. Secondly, that are 2 things that can not be taken back: a stone was thrown and words once spoken or written. I am so tired of people speaking about how they really feel and when they are called on the carpet about it, they bow down only because they got caught, however the damage caused by their outspokenness or strong felt opinion has been casted among the masses. In my opinion no apology that this "General" can say with negate the unprofessional words used to define our present adminstration in the White House.The word "whimps" is not acceptable under any circumstances. Whatever happened to think before you speak, fully knowing consequences for what you say or do will have to be answered too. I very seldom apologize for anything I may say, because I usually mean what I sayand am willing to suffer the consequences and if everyone will be truthful to themselves they too
    would admit that they are well aware of what they say when they it and they mean it also. It's time to make an example out of the General to stop this nuisance. Did we just go through this same thing last week with Rep. Barton, enough all ready!!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  73. paul temple

    The President & Commander In Chief should fire him as Truman fired MacArthur, Remind the Pentagon once in a while that civilians are the boss

    June 22, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  74. Adolph Lee Msgt. USAF Ret.

    Tony I have 3 short questions and a comment:

    1. What would General McChrystal do if an officer under his command, made the same comments about him and his staff.
    2. After listening to Sen. Kerry whom I have supported in the past, I wonder how the U.S. military would survive if Gen. McChrystal suddenly expired do to a heart attack or for any other reason. (Of course I pray nothing like this happens, but it could).
    3. What is it about this adminstration, that makes a soldier thinks that he can question, berate or disagree with his superiors in public and get away with it. This is not the way of the military.

    It time for General McChrystal to retire or be fired!

    The President can not trust him.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  75. Sam from Americus GA

    Being a former war soldier, the need to speak your mind to superiors does manifest itself(behind closed doors ). When poor judgement is used as did this General, insubordination has occurred at the highest levels which carries grave consequences.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  76. Scott

    Gen. McChrystal's poor judjment was making this comment to a reporter. That being done, perhaps Pres. Obama should ask himself why would a very experenced military commander say something like this? Maybe they should get together, find out if he has a point, act accordingly and not make a personal or political issue of this.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  77. Mike S.

    A 4 star General should know better. The main question is: Why does
    the General think the Whitehouse is not strong enough in their
    military or political stance. We would like to know the truth.

    Mike S.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  78. Thomas

    The President should remove McChrystal from his command in Afghanistan. In such a very critical moment in this debacle abroad that we call a war on terrorism, a war that can't be won by conventional means, there is true need for strong support for the President's agenda. If there is someone that vocal about his opposition to the President's strategy, then they can't align themselves with the overall goal set in place. These old military minds are fixed on war at any cost and believe that a withdrawal is failure. If McChrystal didn't want to support the President's plan, he should've never accepted the appointment. In my eyes, he's the real enemy.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  79. David Leedy

    The General may be great at running a war, but like most high ranking soldiers/officers, war is their job. How do most people respond when your job is winding down and will eventually disappear. Also, soldiers move up in rank more quickly during war times, not when their country is at peace. War gives them a chance to stand out among the ranks. Why would they want to put themselves out of a job and promotions by supporting withdrawal and possibly leading to peace?

    June 22, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  80. Bshon C Price

    We all know it's President Obama's style to a uniter. We've seen it during the campaign, after the campaign in who he has in his cabinet & all throughout the healthcare saga waiting on Republicans to come around? As it stands, the general that made the statement about our President & Staff as being the real enemies needs to be dismissed! But a chorus of voices are already stating that he is the only one that can get the job done,so. I'm back to square one, Obama is no fool, he will find ways to mend this proverbial fence & move on to do the things he has set out to do concerning the war against the Taliban.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  81. Leslie Dyer

    Isn't this the same General McChrystal that came under intense scrutiny for being responsible for the cover-up of the "friendly fire" death of former NFL football player Pat seemed at that time the cover-up was used in order to gain the maximum sympathy for validation of the U.S. presence in Iraq ... and when the truth emerged, it seemed to me, , the Republican Spin Machine took over and everything was minimized and swept under the rug... until Tindall's family spoke out and presented the truth... if, indeed, my memory of this incident is correct, I feel Obama needs to replace McChrystal with someone whose loyalty he can depend on and not have to worry about having to watch his own back!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  82. John Q. Public

    President Obama should and will listen to Gen. McChrystal's explanations of the bashing of the W.H. staff and other diplomats.
    However, after this one-on-one with the general , the President should and will relieve/fire him. It's unfortunate this officer does not
    have and exercise diplomacy and tact with his boss much the same as Gen. McArthur did with President Truman. The result should be the same. Gen. McChrystal is in fact an example of a "runnaway insubordinate soldier/general.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  83. Allan L

    Gen. McCrystal and comments by his staff go far beyond insubordinate. 

    This excerpt from the article seems particularly upsetting.  Casual talk in bars can easily lead to serious breeches in national security:

    " Most of the comments seem to have been uttered during unguarded moments, in places like bars and restaurants where the general and his aides gathered to unwind.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  84. Dr. Juan Cruz, Ed. D.

    UCMJ Punitive Article, Article 88—Contempt Toward Officials
    “Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.” I believe it is time for President Obama to tell the General that there is no room in the U.S. for a man on a white horse. Dr. Juan Cruz, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired

    June 22, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  85. CenTexDem

    Like Truman and MacArthur, Obama has no choice but to fire McChyrstal.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  86. Mac Moser

    There is no way that anyone from within the military should try to embarass the President or weaken his authority. The general should be fired and banned from financial gain.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  87. Ray

    I'm sure most in the military feel the exact same way as Gen McChrystal. Their putting their lives on the line only to have a President demeaning this country every chance he gets. Go Gen McChrystal!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  88. Lynn White - Austin, Texas

    Military leaders who are actually in the heat of battle are a special breed of people who have to face the life and death decisions made by not only them but their subordinates, peers and ranking superiors. They do not have the comfort of reading about the results in reports half a world away. They see the results, both good and bad, in real time. They see it in both devastation and restoration as it happens "on the dirt". For them to regard those of us who do not face that reality as wimps, is not only understandable but in my mind justifiably correct. The Commander in Chief is in no way immune to that and when the Commander in Chief does not act on the recommendations made by the people, or in this case person, who his administration put in charge of the operation, he then invites criticism. If the Administration and Congress allowed the same type of transparency in their day to day operations that General McChrystal undertook by allowing Rolling Stone to publish what they witnessed, I beleive the voting public would be calling them to the "principles office".

    June 22, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  89. Bo

    Yes, GEN McChrystal must offer his resignation if the President doesn't fire him when he walks in the door. It it against military policy and regulation to openly bash the President who is the Commander in Chief. If a 4 star General gets away with it, then that opens the doors for the rest of the military members to trash their immediate commanders, then before long we won't have anyone following orders. There has to be discipline in the military and McChrystal has violated it. We all know you argue your case until a decision is made, then you salute and move out – end of discussion. He failed.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  90. CenTexDem

    Private contractors like Blackwater and insubordinates like McChrystal have taken over a military that is fast becoming its own special interest group and forgetting its duty to protect democracy and serve all Americans.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  91. eric cunningham

    he should be fired...and his top aides replaced. The same thing happen to President can't have the military questioning the president ability in public. If he does not fire the general and staff he will have lost face and his presidency is finished.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  92. Shirley Sisco Jordan

    Gen. McChrystal need to be fired. He can not be trusted. He is not good for our country and I feel a trader to our President.. I feel he is tired and we need to replace him.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  93. Carrie

    Sham on him is this is an example of our military I’m very disappointed, how are we going to win the hearts and mind of the Afghan people when we have a General behaving that way, it’s a tough call for the President, he has already so many problems we don’t need unrolling Generals,

    June 22, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  94. Gary ryan

    The only person with the military experience and the back ground to handle the problems in this country today is Senator McCain.Ya,I know that he is a bit older but he has the training,who else does in this government and that will stand up to whats going on with the illegal immigrants;the war;the stupid health care bill.Forget the president .I think the country is seeing this president for what he really is,now.some one who can't make good decisions.he can talk a lot but watch out for what really goes on in the back ground.Maybe the governor of

    June 22, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  95. Norma

    It may have been a poor choice for the General to have given any interview. Does this mean that, if you are in the military, you lose your right to your personal opinion and freedom of speech. Should the General have lied as yet another cover up? I believe the President should have taken a higher road and ignored the entire thing. Now he has called the General to the White House for public humiliation? This is sad and a waste of time given our current situations. It has always bothed me that the a President, who has never served in the military, salutes soldiers and officers. I believe this is wrong. Is this the only news you have to report?

    June 22, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  96. T.Smith

    While I realize insulting your commanding officer is insubordination, calling Obama "Commander-in -Chief " is insulting to me. He has no military experience, which I think should be a requirement to run for presidency. He doesn't have the best interest of our troops, which has been obvious for quite some time. I believe Gen. McChrystal is frustrated by this and spoke out because of it . I know he apologized but he will have to take his punishment for doing so. Sometimes, it doesn't pay to be so honest.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  97. Jim

    TONY, We do not need zero defect mentality within the white house or our top leadership The General knows his business, is doing a good job and should be allowed to say what he feels and allowed to stay and the President and his staff should listen to his comments. Our country has a number of problems within the military when the top folks start talking about putting Gays in the military and the Secretary of the Navy nominates a pilot to become Commandant of the Marine Corps when we have a warrior like General Mattis who has fought and earned the right for the top post will be forced to retire. Warriors need to be lead by warriors and it appears we have a good one in Afgan. I spent 28 years in the Corps, have a son on active duty in the Corps now and I want him to be led by good leaders like I was.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  98. Mary Wilson

    The top general, President Obama 's choice to protect the United States of America, and the troops fighting in the field everyday, against the enemy, is making comments about his Commander-In-Chief that could possibly aid the enemy, is the enemy, himself. This man isn't interested in winnig this war. He doesn't see the same enemies that we're seeing. His enemies are in the White House. He's a dangerous man, and should be flat out fired. I'm willing to bet, if President Obama's predecesor was his boss, he never would have made such comments.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  99. Debra E.

    I think that the President should accept the General's apologies but dismiss him anyway. The General and his staff has clearly revealed the true essence of how much they respect the President and his staff. Listen, if people would stop looking at our President for his skin color and recognize that we are one country in distress whether
    we are male or female Black or White we can do so much more. We have only one Country and one President and if he trying help him complete his task because in the end your ignorance to the cause will cause failure. What other country do we have ONLY one CONTRY "AMERICA", a place that we have created and is quickly destroying. Furthermore, there are 15 Million + people out of work, people are still loosing their homes and jobs like a domino effect. Mr. President please stop trying to please everyone otherwise you will miss the boat for all that you are trying to do. People need work, and if they can't find work they need their unemployment. We have a War, The Gulf issue, AND The Economy and today we have a young lady that want to take up your precious time to discuss her sexuality, she need to talk to her parents, you are not her father. The ECONOMY, THE WAR, THE GULF is what's at stake.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  100. Sharon Goertz

    Just as a reminder, this PLAN for the war is McChrystal's!

    June 22, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  101. Sharon Goertz

    T. Smith, GWB didn't have military experience either, he went AWOL but I'll bet you supported him as Commander-in-Chief who got us into both these wars Obama is left to struggle with.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  102. a Korean vet

    Hugh error in judgment !! The President is The Commander In Chief!! You do not publicly demean him or his strategies. Pres. Obama has enough to worry about with out having this type of public, inappropriate comment by a subordinate who apparently thinks he is above being reprimanded. Shades of McArthur in Korea.

    It is not the first time that an officer has disagreed with his orders, but to express negative comments to a magazine like Rolling Stones is insubordination. Gen. McChrystal should submit his written resignation immediately, McChrystal should also receive a written reprimand. Copies of his resignation and the reprimand should be
    placed in his service folder. The President then has a choice of accepting and enforcing the resignation immediately, or Pres. Obama could accept the written resignation but hold it for "consideration". Gen. McChrystal, if he wishes to remain on active duty, should be allowed to return under restricted orders. If he goffs again the President can then enforce the written resignation. He should not receive any type of future promotion or recognition while serving or when he retires from the military. As Gen. McArthur said, "Old soldiers (and their big egos) just fade away

    June 22, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  103. Lori

    I think it is sad what i have been seeing lately so many people getting fired or disaplined for freedom of speech or voiceing there oppion when it was freedom of speech and difference of oppion that made America great. It is getting to the point now that people will fear giving there oppion for thoughts on issues just because one guys oppion is wrong that does not make the others guys oppion right.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  104. Alex King

    Regarding the illegal aliens mess, I seem to recall that the town of Hazelton, PA, a few years back passed and tried to enforce illegal alien related laws similar to that which now occupies much of the CNN Newsroom time. Some comparisons may be useful, especially that of political and voter fallout.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  105. Dennis OHearn

    Lets see, we have had banks too big to fail, oil companies too big to fail, and now a general too big to fail. His comments to a reporter sound more like back room conversations prepatory to a coup in a banana republic. Fire this traitorous bastard. I do not want him making decisions that will impact my US Army son.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  106. N.Hayes

    How many of the last 3 or 4 Presidents have had military experence? That is a cop out. The General needs to go!!! If you worked at McDonald's and spoke about your boss that way.... you would be fired!
    I am sorry you are not happy with the Presidential choice of the American people but he is the President.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  107. Kathleen

    The level of insubordination afforded this president does set a dangerous precedent. America is still stuck on stupid ... which is why China and every other country has been allowed to over take us.

    I must say that the aide's comments were far worse than the general's and sounds more like party rhetoric in the wrong place at the wrong time. The fact that the general did not apologize for those comments as well is disturbing. Just who does this aide think he is?

    Remember, It was Obama that focused on finishing the war in Afghanistan while he was campaigning.

    WE are our own worst enemy.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  108. Kathleen

    Remember, It was Obama that focused on finishing the war in Afghanistan while he was campaigning.

    Insubordination towards this administration is a reflection of the tea party mind set ..... I live in Texas and know it well. Some southern governers has the same disease.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  109. Mary Casey

    Concerning this Afganistn flack and the rolling stones magazine, I smell a Chaney /Rumfseld in the background. All of those
    minerals and precious metals, gas and so forth that is supposed to
    be there, why would the defense Dept want to pull the troops out
    until companies have established rights to the booty?.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  110. Sarah

    Even if you don't respect the man, you have to respect the office of Commander In Chief... but perhaps OBama needs to look deeper into the reasons for the lack of respect.... he could learn from it...rather than just let his pride be hurt by it.... everyone has an opinion... that's the
    American way ... good and bad...

    June 22, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  111. Bucky

    He should not have granted an interview to Rolling Stone. That was either naive on McChrystal's part or calculated obviously. I can't believe he was being naive. So the obvious conclusion is that he wanted this information to get out. I'm sure it has something to do with the arbitrary deadline for withdrawal that Obama has set which has nothing to do with the progress or situation on the ground.

    Be fair, a lot of the worst comments came from the aides not McCrystal himself. As for his critisicsm of Biden, get on the band wagon people. Name one American citizen (outside of Biden's family) who would trust him as president! We probably won't be seeing him the second time around...

    June 22, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  112. mike sey

    Here we go again, McArthur, Westmoreland and now McCrystal: The war is going badly, the victory they said they would get with the strategy and resources they got is elusive so its "stabbed in the back time!"

    The story line is set now. Why fire the puffed up little popinjay? why let him and his admirers off the hook unless there is someone who is better around. Let him dangle and twist in the wind with his new strategy, his surge, but stick to the deadline to get out of afghanistan.

    June 22, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  113. Al Holton

    The General should be fired.
    I served in the military and I knew who was in charge.

    June 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  114. Ol'Bob

    The president was elected by the people of the US. The general is our employee. He must be fired. He works for us and takes his orders from us. He gets his orders from our elected president. When a General says things like he did he shows not only disrespect for the President, but for the Constitution of the US, and for every citizen of the US. He is showing disrespect for his own troops.

    Ideally he should be reduced in rank to private and given a dishonorable discharge. Hell with that... ideally he should be whipped in front of his own men.

    June 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  115. Greg, Ontario

    You guys better keep in mind it was these nameless aids that did most of the gossiping here. I wonder if they are female. Do you realize how much has been spent over the years to train a someone to the generals level of expertise? Is it his fault he has a bunch of Patton wannabees for staff? If the President didn't respect him why did he give him the extra 30 thousand troops? It's soap operas like this that make the Nato countries take a step back when it comes to helping the US. I just think it's a shame the media has to act like a bunch of sharks in a pool full of blood when a general like this is trying to protect their very existance. Remember this when your taking orders from the local Mosque on what you can write about and how.

    June 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  116. michael grant

    IF President Obama want to get upset at anyone it should be his Staff for keeping "Racial and Gender Discrimination against Women of Color Issues" that continue to be so relevant in the Military. What the Mililtary does is sweep things like this under the rug. Mr. President, as Commander in Chief taking care of all Soldiers is your job

    Also, I agree with General McChrystal and the actions that He has had to take to take care of those Soldiers on ground. If you have never been a Soldier, you really do not understand what it takes to do that job.

    June 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  117. catherine brooks

    McChrystal should receive a dishonorable discharge and lose all retirements.

    June 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  118. Leon

    Hey, General McChrystal, if you were criticized for spending too much time not going after Bin Laden by one of your soldiers then I guess you would discipline him? Wouldn't you?

    Maybe you should spend more time getting Bin Laden? Remember him?

    June 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  119. c weber

    When did this interview take place? Why was it brought to light now? Who paid the news reporter to show it now? Get your investigative reporters on this aspect of the story.Whoever the results show would not surprise me at all.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  120. Mr. Eister

    "The wimps in the white house" haha. Hooray for the general. Even he has the RIGHT to freedom of speech in this UNDECLARED war. He has positively earned that right, and if Obama and the other sissys dont like it, then please by all means, let them pick up an M-16 and actually lead a charge. Bush Sr. got us in Iraq in 1990 and we have never left. Bush Jr. got us in Iraq in 2001, and now 9 yrs. later just like vietnam, we are still there with no end in site.. The REAL wimps are the wimps in Congress for not DECLARING WAR upon a known enemy. The Saudis attacked us on 9/11, yet Bush went to Iraq to finish his dads war that he didnt get to finish because Clinton got elected. Dont you dare applogize general. YOU speak what 99.9% of all our troops feel.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  121. Carl

    No excuses. Fire him!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  122. Marlon Reynolds

    You wouldn't hire a lawyer for their smile in a courtroom. In the same way, wouldn't you allow a rough edge to the defender of our country?

    June 22, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
  123. Florencio Mendiola Jr.

    I served for 30 years in the military. Special Forces Green Beret Army Ranger and "insubordination" and or "Disrespectfull" toward Senior ranking officials is a no no it was back than and it is so today!

    Everything that happens in your life, everything you draw to yourself and everything you do, is a manifestation of your thoughts. Whether you are aware of it or not, you thought it before it happened. Your thoughts are fueld by your emotional patterns and belief system, mental processes, as well as the neurological messengers signals that emanate from them.

    The general is an educated man, now he needs to take full responsibility for hsi actions. Step up to the plate and take your medicine just like any other soldier in the military and the chain of command.

    Apology not accepetd, the damage has been done! What's good for a private is good for the general. Its a mistake on his part and he will have to live with it, just like when president Eisenhower fired general McArthur for insubordination.

    Besides, I' sick and tired of the so called "Americans" bad-mouthing my president. Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way..............

    End of Story!

    June 23, 2010 at 12:53 am |
  124. Smith in Oregon

    Gen. McChrystal should immediately be forced to resign in disgrace. Gen. McChrystal's shake and bake Afghanistan troops and regional governors in Marjah (the first test) was not a lasting success, it was a failure! The UK and NATO commanders from day one stated the McChrystal 'shake and bake' strategy would FAIL.

    The troops under Gen. McChrystal are very unhappy with Gen. McChrystal's rules of engagement (ROE's) and want Gen. McChrystal to resign immediately.

    The in-depth Rolling Stone article indicates Gen. McChrystal's own staff strongly dislikes the commander in chief (President Obama), and thinks very ill of Obama's staff, cabinet members and even the Afghanistan US Ambassador himself. The only person Gen. McChrystal liked in the current administration was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Gen. McChrystal's staff are simply echoing what their boss is saying everyday among them and should be pushed to resign immediately and be pushed into retirement in disgrace thereafter.

    Gen. McChrystal's remarks and those of his own staff could easily be seen as utterly treasonous. Such remarks encourage a military coup and President Obama should bear that in mind and fire Gen. McChrystal or accept his resignation immediately.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:42 am |
  125. debbie

    He should be demoted not fired. That would have a much better effect.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:42 am |
  126. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    We have a chain of command, and the General is well schooled in how to respect it. If the General didn't like the President's decision he should have kept his mouth shut and resigned.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:56 am |
  127. rges

    What would McChrystal do if one of his officers criticized him and his plans in a time of war. His public disparagement of his Commander and Chief where all including THE ENEMY could hear is treasonous. Treason may be too strong a word but he should at least loose a star.

    June 23, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  128. Ginny Weddington

    Could it be that the McChrystal article reflects what our front-line commanders and soldiers really think of those in Washington making decisions in Afghanistan and Iraq? Might they just possibly be right?

    June 23, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  129. Arine Ward

    This news should make all members of the GOP sit down and remain quiet...Congratulations you've successfully played a hand on the President...He will be looking forward to having Gen. Stanley McChyrstal on the Ballot for President 2012...

    Just like Palin this was a political move for the White House....sad the things people go through to get to Penn Ave...

    June 23, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  130. rges

    Forget a star. See how he likes retirement on a captains pay.

    June 23, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  131. steve

    Remember George Patton. Great warrior, fighter, etc. but couldn't keep his political mouth shut. They kept in in war but was ordered to shut up.

    June 23, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  132. Arine Ward

    After the close of the day no one will be able to say race/creed/or national origin played a part in this day... it will come down to the fact that General McChrystal will now become the front runner on the GOP Presidential Ticket for 2012

    His platform will be that of "war" and all he can do with his great strategies to bring this to a close!

    June 23, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  133. Johnson

    NO General McChrystal should not be fired. He is the best person suited for the job. i just returned from Afghanistan after a 6month tour. There is no person better for turning Afghanistan around than GEN McChrystal.

    Every person makes mistakes. No person on this earth is perfect. No American that has not served in this war or for that matter in the military can understand the enormous pressure that GEN McChrystal has to deal with.

    So please news media quit planting seeds of doubt in the American people's minds.

    Forgive and Forget.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  134. Don

    No doubt that there is a chain of command that protocol says must be followed and the general did seem to overstep that boundary. On the other hand, we are being led by a president with absolutely no military tactical or strategic experience of any kind who seems to refuse to listen to his generals and top military staff, leaving our troops inadequately supported in harms way. Either listen to how to win this, or get us OUT! Feels like 'Nam to me, all over again.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  135. David

    General McChrystal is becoming another Oliver north. It comes down to this, is the Gen. doing his job? Yes he is and doing a fine job at it. Let him keep his job, so what he hurt Obamas feelings. Obama and his staffers need to grow up and and let him fight this war. Gen McChrystal is right though, the White House if full of wimps and they need to let the soldiers fight this war and keep their noses out of what he does.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  136. JR

    some are saying freedom of speech. As a veteran, this is not a freedom of speech issue. The General was not a private 1st class, he is at the top of military command and should have know better. I bet the people that are saying the General can say what ever he wants is making this political and probably didnt vote for Pres. Obama. And i bet these folks do not want to repeal "dont ask dont tell" but out of that same mouth they continue to say freedom of speech. Give me a break. The General was out of order, and the President should make his decison based on what good for the troops and ending the war, so our troops can come home.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  137. Letha Mcknight

    I'm a veteran myself and my son is in the Marines and was in Desert storm, and Iraq 2 times, I feel like General Mchrystal is just trying to get this Afgan war over with as soon as possible instead of going on way to long like the Iraq war did and he know how to do it but has to have the man power to get it done. And it is too bad the President isn't listening.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  138. David

    I'm sure it took Gen McChrystal many years of learned experience, for him to feel comfortable in his own shoes, for him to disrespect a President that just came into office, is arrogant and disrespectful. If he had the audacity to disrespect the President, Vice President and other high ranking officials of his own country in this manner, I can only imagine the way he must treat his own troops, and heads of Governments from others countries.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  139. J

    simple and plan view on the general, he broke the laws of the uniform military code of justice. he is not suppose to bad month any civil politicans and he know this. regard less of freedom of speech, he should have kept it to himself. this is something he should no this something which printed in black and white. when a officers breaks this law, this is a automatic COURTMARTIAL. he will be lucky to resign if given the chance. by the way loved we love while you were in baltimore, keep the good work up tony.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  140. Wendy J

    For anyone who believes this is free speech – try talking trash about your boss even as a civilian. You would be in the unemployment line.....

    June 23, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  141. Annette of Aurora, CO

    McChrystal must go. This situation is much different from the character-assassination antics of the Repubnuts and the Tea Partiers that President Obama can't do much about. McChrystal is a subordinate and has chosen to undermine the President. Perhaps, as some suggest, McChrystal is looking for a way out of his assignment. Well, President Obama should accommodate him. The message to him and others, "no one is irreplaceable." McChrystal has compromised the mission in Afghanastan and created an environment of insubordination. I say GOOD-BYE!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  142. Larry

    General McChrystal forgot himself. Even though he is on the ground running the war, he is still a soldier, and his actions compromised any trust between the Commander-in-Chief that McChrystal is capable and effective in continuing the mission.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  143. Rob F

    Having had the pleasure of spending a number of years working for Stan McChrystal, I can unconditionally say he is the finest man I have ever met. No other human being garners more of my respect than General McChrystal. He is a true patriot with unwavering integrity and selfless commitment to our nation's warfighters. Michael Hasting claims "it was pretty obvious I was a reporter writing a profile of the general" during his time in Paris, but his article was anything but that. It was a poorly veiled criticism of the White House approach to "winning" in Afghanistan, using off-the-cuff remarks by unnamed McChrystal "aides" to add sensationalism to an article filled simply with data points and anecdotes that have been reported on many times over. Mr. Hasting has an axe to grind, and General McChrystal was simply a means to an end. This is not reporting, this is the attempted destruction of one man's career to further Hasting's opinion, all the while risking the lives of hundreds of thousands of people fighting a war on foreign soil.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  144. Mike Rose Dallas Texas

    General McCrystal is not the first, nor will he be the last to disagree with an Administration. What happened to free speech? Obama will seem like a Hippocrates if he request resignation or a step down in position. President Obama has said many times he welcomes a different point of view, he got one, to react like President Bush would have to this situation is wrong, very wrong, and sends a message of hypocritical omnipotence.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  145. CP

    By getting rid of General McChrystal, it could pave the way for newer counter-terror strategies, this is true.

    But how much lighter can our footsteps get before we eliminate the human foot all together?

    And unfortunately Drones can't maintain tribal relations..

    June 23, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  146. Will

    Division should not be tolerated in when it come to war. Get on the same page or quit. Fire his insubordinate self

    June 23, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  147. Easy Ed

    He's a general officer who wants to be a politician but doesn't have what it takes to motivate an electorate. If he's lucky he will only be fired. Generals follow orders. They do not make national policy.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  148. jderby1941

    I think yesterday we heard the president say that he would not make his decision based on his feelings being hurt by criticism, but on what will progress the mission. I support that even though I am appalled by the General's lack of good political judgement.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  149. Tom Alpeter

    In Viet Nam we never lost a battle, But.. The politicians lost the war. I salute the General. A former Nam Vet.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  150. Will

    Would someone on this show please state the following fact to the viewers regarding the generals future. Freedom of speech does not apply to military service men and women. They are supposed to be without public party affiliation and server the United States and the Commander in Chief whom ever that may be...PERIOD. There is no ambiguity in that statement! McChrystal would fire any one of his subordinates for doing what he did. He should be lucky to not face an article 15 investigation.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  151. Sharon Campbell

    DON"T PEOPLE KNOW!!!!! NO soldier is allowed to disparage the commander in chief??? God, people are dumb! He could be courtmartialed if Obama wants to.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  152. mother of a soldier

    The general took an oath not to disparage the president, vice president and congress. He should be court martialed.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  153. Bill

    Maybe Obama should take over on the front lines. He surely knows nothing about military tactics. The General has been at it longer and knows what to do.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  154. Las Vegas, NV

    General McChrystal should stay, he's the only one that knows whats going on over there. It suck but McChrystal is telling the truth about the administration.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  155. Jeff Palmer

    The General should be dismissed. This is a pure case of his ego overloading his good sense. He demands obedience and loyalty from his subordinates, but apparently the same does not apply to him. Like it or not, this country is not run by the military, but by the people.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  156. Allison

    He should stay!! The only way that this is hurting our troops is by pulling the Gen to Washington.......
    He made a bad judgement with the interview.......let's move on. The man knows what he is doing on the battlefield!

    June 23, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  157. Cadet Rithik Datta

    While his actions are unbecoming of an Army officer let alone a general, now is a critical time in the Afghan War. With only a year until the pullout begins, NATO forces and more importantly the Afghan people cannot afford to lose McChrystal's leadership or expertise. Afghan leaders are asking for him to stay.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  158. Jennifer Norris

    Dissent is healthy, if the general was to be fired he should have been fired for lying about the friendly fire incident with the famous football soldier. That said Mr. Obama ran on an anti war campaign, it would be great if he followed through with his promises. End both wars and save the US economy or be fired Mr. Obama. If the General sees a no win scenario, he should be given a medal of honor for talking about it.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  159. R. Harvey, Ltc, U.S.Army, Ret.

    tony – The General gave up his right to free speech when he was commissioned. He knew that when he was interviewed. It had to have been deliberate and would necessitate his retirement.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  160. dmmd

    I would expect a general to have more intelligence than to make public his thoughts that would create so much controversy. If he were drunk when he exposed his thoughts publicly it would be understandable. If not he should be fired for being a fool and not just for insubordination.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  161. Crystal

    While Gen. McChrystal has a right to his opinion, President Obama is his BOSS! If I openly criticized my boss, there is no doubt that I would be terminated-not merely asked or forced to resign. This is insubordination at its highest level. President Obama is being criticized from every angle but to have his direct reports feel that they too can openly trash him with no consequences...I don't think so!

    June 23, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  162. Sarah

    The entire military system would be dismantled if we let McCrystal get by with his insubordination. Was he drinking when he made such stupid statements? The man needs lots of good counseling!

    June 23, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  163. Nikki Klein

    Gen McChrystal is as entitled to his personal viewpoints as civilians are, and I believe he is likewise entitled to state them when out of the public eye in private conversations with his colleagues. Far as I can tell, this is what he did. And now we pillory him for stating his personal beliefs? McChrystal is in an untenable position. We'll slag him off if he publicly toes an increasingly unpopular line on the war, and we'll slag him off for daring to hold another opinion (one most likely more realistic than the public one)? Shame on us.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  164. Charles

    The General committed and cardinal sin for military people. You never, ever criticize you superior in public. Any Second Lieutenant would tell you this. There is no such thing as freedom of speech in the military, and the General knows this. The President and Secretary of Defense have no choice but to fire him. I think the General knew exactly what he was doing and he is prepared to accept his punishment. His staff should also be hammered for their very unprofessional actions.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  165. Betty

    The people have, not just short memories, but zero memory! How many people did Bush fire – incl. military – that did not agree with his policies!?

    June 23, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  166. Lawrence C Salazar

    Horrible article by the General which border on treasonous providing comfort to the enemy. The worst part is that troops count on his Leadership, and confidence in the mission which now is damaged beyond repair.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  167. Lucy of SD

    Making these comments is insubordination in its finest hour, there is no question he should be fired and court martial as well. President Obama is the commander in chief, does that not mean anything to him. I guess he doesn't understand CHAIN OF COMMAND !!!! He must go!!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  168. Michael

    The General and/or his staff not only showed disrespect for the office of the President of the United States (his commander in chief) but also for the Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ambassador Holbrooke, Vice President Biden and General James Jones, the National Security Adviser. These are ALL people he should be working closely with. How can he possibly continue to command after disrespecting all these people?

    June 23, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  169. Jerrie

    i think he should resign, because his remarks has no respect for the president. When you are inconsiderate of others, God has a way to bring it out of you, and that shows what kind of person he really is.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  170. Ron in WA

    I’ve read and re-read the Rolling Stone article and in no way shape or form does General McChrystal disparage the President. His aides are a bit boorish about of the Presidents aides but not McChrystal. The only real vulgarity and disparaging remarks come from the author. This is all but a hatchet job with just enough truth and innuendo to make for good tabloid journalism – at best it is sensationalistic designed to sell newsprint.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  171. Reggie

    As a retired Marine of 20 years. Gen McChrystal MUST go. There is a uniformed code of military justice that specifically calls for this. Additionally, regardless of the feellings of most of the uninformed Americans, the U. S. Constitution establishes civilian leadership over the military, not the other way around.

    When active duty military, let alone war-time Commanding Generals start publicly making negative comments about the civilian leadership, we start down a very slippery slope. Wake up America!!!, That is how military Coupes occur in other countries.

    Strongly suggest that supporters of the General review the Constitution and Uniformed Code of Military Justice.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  172. Helen Rhinehart

    Certainly Gen. McChrystal has a right, even an obligation, to keep President Obama informed, but surely he had other avenues to "get the message" to the President than the one he chose!

    Minimally, it APPEARS to be a political move, whether it was or not! Ultimately, his choice of communication demonstrates very poor judgerment as well as being an act of insubordination to the OFFICE of the presidency. In any private business, he would immediatelfy be terminated and President Obama should act accordingly.

    It's time to lay aside "Mr. Nice-Guy!"

    Helen Rhinehart

    June 23, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  173. Hannah

    This is so bizarre - hmmm, I wonder if it‘s part of some undisclosed coup. What’s next? An attaboy from S Palin before she asks him to run as her VP?

    June 23, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  174. Brandi Mae

    I feel that Gen. McChrystal and his crew were VERY disrespectful to President Obama. President Obama is the one that runs the country and he should be respected. Preident Obama does a lot of good things for the USA. If McChrystal doesnt show respect to the President; then they should be serving in the military for the President. So I STRONGLY feel that McChrystal and the others in the article should go.

    ~Brandi Mae C.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  175. Joe Piechota

    This man, General McChrystal, is a soldier. He is known for sleeping very little and running a tight ship. The fact that he spoke what is on his mind is the same as he will do what is necessary to crush the enemy. He does not play games. The Obama Administration does not like Freedom of Speech, even though it is a Constitutional Right. If Obama fires this professional soldier Obama is doing The United States of America a great injustice just because he cannot take the truth, which is that his current administration is not adequate to understand and act upon our military strategies.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  176. larry

    Undoubtedly that was conduct unbecoming of any officer of any army, let alone the united states army. But having said that, lets put emotions aside and do what is right. If general Mccrystal is what it takes to get the job done then he should be allowed to stay. And ofcourse reprimanded.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  177. Gary Horner

    I believe it is healthy that the General has exposed the White House (Obama) in that Obama never had the military background and I am certain that the General felt like " What am I doing here...these guys don't know what the hell there doing". It's unfortunate that this advisory was given to "Rolling Stones" and not presented at a newsconference....The Commander in Chief is in name only with authorities, however it doesn't mean Obama knows what he is doing with refernce to war games. Lets remember he was a social activist lawyer in the projects! where did he get his mitlitary training.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  178. Garry Cook

    Insubordination is not tolerated by the military; so how would Gen. McChrystal expect something different. It's not his opinions that are the problem but his poor example of military discipline.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  179. jason st.clair

    I think the general should be let go or demoted to a different, low profile position. if he resigns, he still can retire with benefits, when he's eligible. if he's fired, he wont get those benefits. Something should be done to get the point across that a general with that much power and influence in the military should support his Commander in Chief, even if he doesn't necessarily agree with him. They need to be on the same page with so many young lives in their hands.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  180. Letha Mcknight

    I think the president should listen to the General he knows about wars and what it takes to get the job done and our President has no clue

    June 23, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  181. Thomas

    No matter how McChrystal felt, he should of expressed his concerns with the President and not Rolling Stone magazine. McChrstal should either resign or be fired!

    June 23, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  182. Judith

    The General should have been forced to resign after the Pat Tillman mess that he was totally involved in. BUT, NO, they gave the jerk another star and decided that he was the ONLY military person to run the mess we are in at the moment.

    This article just shows exactly what he and his staff are, TRAITORS!!

    As a Veteran I am appalled at their comments and behavior. They should all be gone, and court marshalls would be nice, but at this level that will not happen. What will happen is they will resign and we the people will pay them lots of money in retirement. It sucks but that's what will happen

    WAC 1964 – 1967

    June 23, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  183. james

    Firing McCrystal is just lame, So what if Gen McCrystal said a few words about him. I say stuff about him myself, McCrystal wants the job done and doesn't care on how it gets done. Give him the tools to do the job so our guys can come home. Osama Bin Laden is mocking the U.S. Obama is sitting on his hands and simply is just waisting time playing President. He is clueless as to what he is doing with the war,he spends more time asking what to do instead of letting our guys get it done. I'll give him this he can shure speak well, as far as Vice Pres Biden he is simply just a Presidential suck up to Obama. If they fire McCrystal they are idiots. Might as well bring our boys home because their time is just being waisted.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  184. Stephanie

    If the general has the right to "freedom of speech", then so too do all the soldiers under his command. They too then have the right to go to the press and dis any order or plan they don't agree with. What kind of an example to set?

    McC's plan/strategy is not working and now he wants to blame the people in the Obama Administration. Pathetic. Fire him.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  185. Amy P

    The General has a reputation for strategic thinking. As such, one has to assume he fully intended the consequences of the publication of this article- ie, putting Obama in a difficult position and denigrating his Administration publicly, sowing bad blood between civil and military leaders, undermining morale in the army and- most of all- forcing his departure. Each and every consequence is unbecoming a soldier in the US military, let alone a commanding general.

    Likely this is his way to exit what is his failed strategy and failed implementation. Obama gave him what he wanted in troops but he is still losing the war. He doesn't want his legacy to be failure in Afghanistan, He'd rather look like a martyr -type who wasn't allowed to finish the job. Not his fault the strategy failed. Remember, this is the guy who covered up the Tillman death. What a cowardly thing he is doing! Is he a running for office next on the Tea Party platform?

    June 23, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  186. dan

    Fire him! From earlier reports concerning the President "didn't know who he was" and that the President was "intimidated" in the presence of military "Brass" is a reflection of the General's conceit and self-aggrandizement. Obviously a “Patton-esque” sense of self worth that was shared with his subordinate staff and reflected by their comments. This is a time when we all should be pulling the same wagon together and whenever one horse begins pulling against the weight, or bucking in the harness, it is time for another horse. This fellow need to just "fade away."

    June 23, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  187. LaBonnie Copeland Allen

    June 23, 2010

    I have never met General McChrystal and, obviously, I don't know him as an individual; nor do I know what his intent was when he was speaking negatively or speaking in a demeaning way with his comrades about the Obama Administration. But I do know that President Obama (based on historical data of other Presidents in our nation's history) needs to be very cautious about with whom he surrounds himself for support and advice; especially because of the historical nature of his presidency and the "die-hards" that are still living among us who are unwilling to accept intellectual respect and equality. Everything that glitters is not gold.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  188. Vicki Rogan

    I was disappointed that Gen. McChrystal was ever named to this position given his cover up of the "friendly fire" death of Pat Tillman. His comments in the RS article only further reveal his lack of loyalty and integrity. Our soldiers, their families and our country deserve better than that. He should be removed from leadership.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  189. Lorraine

    I feel the General should be given an honorary "American Justice Award" as he knows what is really going on in the field and stood up for America's best position. Mr. Obama doesn't even realize what goes on in his country as he is too busy closing down towns to have dinner out with his wife (as though the business people in that town aren't suffering from the economy already). Too much time wasted by Mr. Obama on parties like Paul McCartney review at his home and his steak parties. Also his mainstream is taking over banks, ignoring the eco in the gulf. The General is closer to the position of our boys needs and America's freedom and how to attain best results for America.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  190. marla allen

    Pres. Obama has been accused of being too soft so Gen McCrystal
    has left him no chioce but to remove him from his position in Irac., and lets not forget who is the President , Obama, not McCrystal

    June 23, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  191. terry

    Gen. McChrystal is to Obama what Judas was to Jesus, and Judas being one of the twelve, on the team of Jesus, was releaved of his duties, therefore, i believe that Gen. McChrystal should be out of a job. Jesus can't have someone on his team that's working agianst him, so Obama should have someone on his team working agianst him. Together we stand, divided we (America) falls

    June 23, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  192. Ana

    For the General to take his concerns to "Rolling Stone" instead of his his superiors, not only shows disrespect but it speaks to an ulterior motive because he spoke to the reporter over time which meant he had time to think about it. He knew what he was doing and took calculated risks.

    Pres.Obama is taking hits at every direction–the man can do no right and is blamed for every freaking thing that goes wrong. McChrystal's disrespectful comments are indicative of the unprecedented disrespect being shown to the Office of the Presidency since Pres.Obama has taken office. Personally I believe there is a racial element to it as I reflect on comments by cads like the Senator who yelled "you lie" and the racial epithets and effigies that have been on display. The United States will sink to a new low internationally if its citizenry continue to participate in, and allow its President and staff to be denigrated with little or no consequences.

    The General ought to be fired AND court-martialed. That is what the code requires.

    Finally, I cannot believe some of the ignorant comments! A soldier and a General NEVER speak out against their Commander in Chief. Period. Has anyone taken a class on civics!?

    June 23, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  193. B.A.O. Haley

    Gross insubordination, insubordination and insubordinate attitude both in the Military and Corporate sector can be and are career threatening maneuvers. Perhaps General McChrystal's commentaries are his "means to justify an end".
    Assuredly this is not the first time that a solider has thrown himself on a grenade to protect his troops.
    The General is a tactical professional. He has, unquestionably, contemplated the impact of his remarks for better or worse. Perhaps his motives evolved from the frustrations of leadership with a conflict that appears to continue without closure or defined results. I would not be too quick to judge. To the question as to what the General did right? History will be the judge of this.

    June 23, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  194. Dave

    The run away general – In a world where mistakes are often ignored and propped up, it's difficult to take any serious action. We're all accustomed to the "too big to fail" attitude. Sounds like this general is "too big to fail" in some peoples eyes. If he gets fired, many will be upset, if he stays on, many people will be upset. There is Military code and discipline and I don't recall any lenience for high level insubordination, follow it and everyone will fall in line. People really do learn from mistakes, what happens when you erase their mistakes, because their "too big to fail"?

    June 23, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  195. Jim T.

    As a retired navy sailor from Baltimore I am truly amazed at the general and his staff comments. I know by reading the blogs that the civilian community does not no any better but let me tune you in to the facts. In all branches of the service we are to uphold all decisions order by the Commander in Chief, this is not a choice you can make. Now let me tell you why, if the members of the military can pick and choose what orders they will follow and what orders they won't follow this country would only have half the military service men participating in any conflict, because most would quit if they did not like what the order was. I have never seen such acting out of so many senior military personnel but then again they never had a black Commander in Chief. The real true always rear its ugly head.

    Jim T.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  196. Minnie

    General Mc Chrystal should be court marshalled. It would be one thing if he was just hanging around with his aides and they were having private conversations, however this was done in public. If he was a sergant and he had said something along these lines, he would have been court marshalled and dishonorably discharged. I thank the general for his decades of service, but I think he not only crossed the line, but erased this line. The President of the United States is his superior officer. Does he think his job is so secure he can't be replaced? How dare he? He is not a civilian and as such he does not have the right to say such things. I am disgusted with this behavior. This is not the first time he has been called down. Hopefully it will be the last.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  197. Carl Smith

    Military officer are not "FIRED" they are relieved of Commands, and they are never ask to "Resign" if they have more than 20 years of service, they will be ask to retire immediately. So please correct the verbiage in the way you report on US Army Officers....

    Retired US Army

    June 23, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  198. JR

    No matter what the spin doctors are saying the Genaral needs to be busted. If this was an enlisted soldier he would be busted. My opinion.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  199. mutu tajiri

    It's about time that freedom of speech be exercised in the military, firing Gen. McChrystal will not do this administration any good, they need to listen to what is wants- we want troops back not body bags!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  200. rural az

    Military justice code calls for court marital, article 88

    June 23, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  201. Jeremy

    Gen McChrystal should be prosecuted under the UCMJ for disrespecting the President. In the military, this is a crime and you just don't do it. You can't hold a PFC to one standard and a General to another.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  202. keith mitchell

    i think what the general said and his staff said is not top news whathappened to fredom of speech the general is in the middle of the war while the other people he made the comment about are sitting behind their desk so just move on and find something more important

    June 23, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  203. Winston

    The President should relieve the General of his duties, he needs to make an example out of him so that the others think twice about criticizing the President and his administration.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  204. Brendan

    Pres. Obama should never have taken Gen. McCrystal from the feild. He is not the the type to be personable. He belongs in combat doing what he was trained to do. Did he make some snide remarks?...yes but, there is no need to fire or court marshall him. He never belolnged in the political world. He belongs fighting for our freedom in a the best way he knows combat.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  205. Dave S. Zuk

    The man has to go. Remember, last year he chose to debrief the British public prior to talking to the President. And this year, he repeats that disrespect. Not only does he not respect the President, he does not respect the United States Of America. His words might state otherwise, but his actions speak louder than his voice.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  206. cazza

    Do we not have the first ammendment? Just because the President does not like the comments made, the Gen has the right to make them. How many military officers called out Bush? How many of them were demoted or forced to resign?

    June 23, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  207. Jill Barkley

    I think General McCrystal should be DEMOTED and put in a position to facilitate the families of the Afghanistan War draw down on behalf of the men and women in the military fighting there.

    Thanks for listening.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  208. Jerry B. from North East, PA

    With General McChrystal not Pertaking in the Afghanistan War meeting, Speaks Volumes in it's self!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  209. Robert

    Yes, he should keep his job. While it may seem shocking for some to read what was said in the article, it seems pretty true. The President appointed him to this position because he is an expert and was entrusted to carry out this mission. Politicians and the media like to interject themselves but they in fact could never have the full understanding that the general has. With that said, it seems pretty natural that he would be frustrated that he must impress all of these politicians in order to be able to effectively do his job when he has already proved himself as a military expert. I hate to back up Hillary Clinton, but more politicians should take a page out of her playbook and trust that if the General says this or that needs to be done we should go ahead and do it because, again, he is the expert and, again, that is why we hired him!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  210. Reginald D Ashe,USAF Ret

    I think the Gen should be fired! No question about it. And for all those people coming in with this "free speech",when you join the military,you lose most of the rights that you enjoyed as a civilian. It you try to continue to exercise those rights that you won't get back until your tour is up,or you retire,the fallout will be swift,and sometimes very costly! The General violated his oath as officer,and went against the United Code Of Military Justice. Case closed.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  211. Cathy

    The general should be fired for dissing the President and his cabinet. The President is the commander in chief and should be respected. This is an excellent opportunity to bring the troops home. We need the money for our own country.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  212. tyrone willis

    I think we should be focused on the disaster in the gulf rather than "punishing" general mcchrystal's freedom of speech. We have more things on our plate in america than nonsense such as this!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  213. Anthony Hunt

    I believed from the moment this story orignally broke that the President would have no choice but to replace General McChrystal. As an Army veteran and Special Forces soldier, I am keenly aware how critical that recognizing the chain of command is, a discipline that would have been instilled in the General throughout his career. Backhanded swipes at the Presdent and Vice-President of the United States - his ultimate commanding authorities - are beneath the dignity of a career military man and Special Forces officer. Seemingly a fine man with a remarkable record of service, this was an unacceptable breach of protocol and decorum that he should have known to avoid.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  214. CJ

    General McChrystal has to be relieved of his command. When running any organization the senior people must share the vision of the chief executive and play on the team. Gen. McChrystal's remarks were both irresponsible and deliberate. Additionally, the President has to remove the general because he has undermined his authority publicly, there is no telling what he has done privately. It cannot be tolerated.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  215. Leah Sethi

    McChrystal should be thrown out by his pants immediately; he has no respect for his peers, his president or his country, regardless how good his is. He has gotten too big for his boots really; that's what happens when a man's ego gets the better of him; he can only go downwards! How disgusting and shameful!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  216. Ellen

    McCrystahl needs to go Today..precisely because he was the guy the President had shown belief in in Afghanistan. And, grow up. In the military, there is only ONE number one, and that's the Commander-in-Chief. McCrystahl showed terrible judgment and would have been court-martialied in other circumstances. If he's truly a patriot, he'll resign.

    And, P.S. There is NO freedom of speech in the military. Only someone who's never served would think there is and that we "should move on."

    June 23, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  217. Jesse

    The General should have a court martial. Behavior unbecoming of an officer is plain and simple. When you join the military and become a leader we all know that the 1st amendment no longer applies. You follow orders. If the General has problems with the strategy, it is his job to come up with a new strategy. If the General has a problem with politics, it is his job to keep his mouth shut and win the war in Afghanistan. Which he is clearly not doing. It seems pretty clear cut that this General is not only insubordinate, but incompetent as well, he needs to go.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  218. Ron Tate

    General McChrystal has a fine record as a military leader. What with the complexities we face in Afghanistan, he might well have reached a point of frustraion with respect to strategy. If such is indeed the case,
    it wouldd seem that his frustration has overloaded his voice. Perhaps his military discipline training just took a back seat and he decided to vent his frustration. In any event, unfortunately, he probably willl, and should, step down.

    Ron Tate, Destin, Florida

    June 23, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  219. Eleanor Warren

    I think Gen. McChrystal deserves to be heard and what he has to say may not be liked, however the truth at times is not very pleasant. I agree with Gen. McChrystal, bring our men and women home!!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  220. Jeffrey Fischer

    As a retired veteran, people's lives depend on strong leadership. My 22 year experience showed me that Leadership never came from Washington. During contingencies and operations we look for leaders; not puppets on Washingtons strings. War is too fluent to be stringently dictated by a guy in a plush office on the other side of the world who's most worried about popularity and press rather than lives and objectives. The General is entitled to his opinion, voicing it was, in my opinion, in err. However, he is an American and entitled to his opinions. He is not the first General to publicly speak of disagreement with policy. The UCMJ is not always in line with present societys' views. Court Martial? NO. Retirement? Perhaps.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  221. Susan

    General McCrystal may be a brilliant wartime strategist; however, his recent comments to Rolling Stone clearly indicate that his leadership skills are dangerous and detrimental to military moral. Completely unacceptable. He should be canned or kept in a corner where he can do no harm.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  222. Sharon

    President Obama should do to General McChrystal what General McChrystal did to his PR man - fire him on the spot. And anyone who thinks for one moment that the ONLY man that can do the job in Afganistan is General McChrystal, doesn't have too much faith in our military leadership. Like the saying goes, the show must go on, and preferably without McChystal. According to the Rolling Stone article, McChrystal has only spent 30 days each year with his wife since 2003. Now he can pack his bags, go home, and spend 24×7 being a family man. At least his wife will only have to cook him one meal a day!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  223. D Morgan

    Freedom of speech / Freedom of thought. My dad fought in WWII and my husband in Viet Nam. . . . they fought for these.
    Mr. Obama has offended almost everyone dear to me over the past year with his words, deeds, and politicizing comments. He needs to seek the bigger picture. This shouldn't be about him – what are we, iin 2nd grade again????

    June 23, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  224. Judiinthesky

    Stan is no longer the man. He has to go. POTUS can not have confidence in him as a team player, a leader with common sense or good judgment. BTW, he has made no progress in the Afgan effort. His history is of an arrogant hot head army brat who has had other problems, i.e. Pat Tillman coverup, troop buildup.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  225. George W

    From a public with absolutely no knowledge of things military or constitutional we get stuff like "freedom of speech is dead". How ignorant! If you are in the military, you have but to follow orders or get out. You leave your constitutional rights with momma and daddy. So stop whining about poor General McChrystal. He's a big boy. Once he's out of the military he can be as critical as he wishes but as a soldier, he needs to shut up and obey. The public needs to stop being so ignorant. This is the perfect example of racism and hatred gone amok. People of color are good enough to fight and die for America but not lead it. Maybe we should consider this when the next war comes along.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  226. irene kasper (Santa Barbara, CA)

    The General should stay. He is just frustrated with the Obama
    Cabinet as are many Americans. .

    June 23, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  227. Juandero

    I think Gen. McChrystal won't stay because he have done enough damage already. I think President Obama should fired this General who would make a mockery of our President and his Cabinet and not get punish for it. I think that its was the end of his career when he made the interview with the Rolling Stones instead of focusing on defeating the Taliban in order for us to end this 8-years war.He should had kept his mouth close instead he shot his mouth off and put our troops lives at risk because he had an issue with the White House.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  228. Laurie Bell

    I think he showed poor judgement in saying the things he did in front of a reporter.What was he thinking? I can not imagine how frustrating his job gets though and I know he has not had all the support he has needed from the Obama Administration at times. However, this is America and he is fighting for American freedom. Why is he not entitled to "freedom of speach?" He should be chastized, apoligize to the president and vice president as well as the american people and get back to doing what he does best. Go back to Afghanistan and continue his job.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  229. BJ

    The General should be relieved, no question about it. It is not a question of who said what; it's a question of respect for the Office of the President of the United States; as President Truman put it to General McArthur when the General keep the President waiting on the plane at Wake Island, "I don't give a d_ _ _ _ what you think or do about Harry Turman, but you will never again keep the Commander in Chief waiting, is that clear?" General McChrystal's place was to lead the fight in Afghanistan; not attempt a defacto change in U.S. policy and while we're talking about it where in the heck did he and his stafff get time to interview with Rolling Stone?

    June 23, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  230. Donnell Orlando

    I served for 20 years in the US Military. Like many others, I rose from the ranks of enlisted to that of an officer, and the one thing that remained constant was the importance of supporting your chain of command and our President, (CC).
    There is no rationalization or explanation for the general's failure to, at least in public, support the chain of command, and most importantly our President's policy regarding the war effort.
    He should be FIRED! Not given the honorable option of resigning. Those other individuals that made the dispectable remarks, should also be FIRED!
    The President, and chain of command must have the support of our senior leaders. If there is dissention at the TOP, trust me, it filters down to the other service members and we can not afford that. Lastly, the remarks made about the meeting with the French Minister, can not be tolerated. We need all of the support that we can get from those nations who are still willing to aid us in the war on terror!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  231. Pete Jones

    Having served in the Military I can understand the pressure the general is under. I can also understand his feeling about an administration which has virtually no expertise in any of the issues facing us today. None of the persons in this administration have any expertise in the matters of warfare and should leave these matters in the hands of the Generals who are currently running the show. Even though I can understand the issue of working for a President that has virtually no working credentials in most anything, I still must state that the office of the President of the United States of America MUST be respected. If you must say something like that, say it in private to the President directly.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  232. Joe Diaz

    Tony Harris, These are my comments: The actions of Gen. McChrystal as clarified by some reports can be subject of a Court Martial proceeding. It is therefore, time for Pres. Obama to fire him. The General and his aides disrespected their Commander -in Chief, the VP (Biden,) Ambassdors Holbrooke and Ikenberry.. My suggestion is for Gen McChrystal to be fired..his aide or member of his staff should be demoted and sent to the frontlines. I believe McCrystal was also involved in the coverup of a friendly fire shooting of a famous soldier. He has been in the service for a long time, he has a penchant for undermining the authority of his superiors.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  233. Anthony L. Patterson

    The General is still an American citizen who has the right of Freedom of Speach. He is not required to like President Obama, only to obey the orders that he is given. You can't fire a man for having opinions. Concidering that he is fighting, hands on, to protect our rights and his own, he should be able to speak how he truely feels. Both me and my wife serve in the military. The oath states we must obey lawful orders. We are not require to like them or have faith in them.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  234. Paris

    This public humiliation of General McChrystal was unnecessary. President Obama could have had an immediate teleconference with the General. Instead, General McChrystal was "called to the White House" so President Obama could show the American voters that he was the man in charge. The news media have been allowed and encouraged to destroy an excellent officer's reputation. The General's poor judgment was in ever speaking with, or being in the presence of, a Rolling Stones reporter. This reporter has done more damage than he knows, for the sake of a story and building his own reputation. Our Middle East enemies must be enjoying this.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  235. Ken

    Tony –

    Officers dissing the President is something that exploded during the Clinton administration. The dot mil domain had thousands of officer to officer emails daily slamming President Clinton. As an officer I was shocked that nothing was ever done about this. So we should't be surprised by any part of this story.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  236. barbara

    lets face it! Our pres. can't even run our country what makes him think he can run our military. He has more people in and out of the wh. hire and fire. I have lived long enough to see many pres. come and go and this one knows nothing about nothing. All his staff is not going to agree with him are they all on their way out. When you have served in a war and have some thing to add then you have the right to be nasty about our military

    June 23, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  237. Davon Kenny

    I'm just a future solider in the Army and I know not to speak bad about people who is a higher rating NCO. For him to be a General he should have know better. So he should be fired.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  238. linell, winter park, fl

    I think McChrystal realizes that his plan is not working, will not work, and he would rather be fired now than live with how bad it will be when he has to explain why his plan that he convinced the President would succeed is such a failure. Ghengis Khan was the last one to have any luck in Afghanistan, but he wasn't worried about civilian casualties or collateral damage...

    June 23, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  239. Rick

    General McChrystal should be fired and replaced by someone with dignity and the equal amount of experience and knowledge he "might" have. He is continuing to make America look TERRIBLE in the eyes of the rest of the world. He balks at attending a dinner in France because candles on a dinner table are "gucci", gives the finger in front of foreign diplomats (the world ends up seeing it) . Afghanistan is now getting worse and he's in charge? Fire him.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  240. roderick m. farb petty

    I understand integrity, you don't deviate from it, it keeps you who you are. He should stand up for what he believes in.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  241. Hector Cazares

    He has to be terminated or forced to resign or President Obama will look weak and without control of his military. Three strikes and McMuffin is out!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  242. Jay

    Keep McChrystal, just make sure everybody is on the same page

    June 23, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  243. Woody Smith

    The General should keep his job and get a promotion for speaking about things as they are. He works for a puppet who knows little about his job.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  244. Elvia M. Chalmers

    The framework of military instruction is "chain of command" if any thing undermines that it can destroy the infrastructure of the military. Remember we are the greatest military power in the world, if it's not broke don't fix it.

    The general understands he has made a "major" error.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  245. Alejandro Lalinde

    to @McCrystal: say what you say, whatever you think about Obama/admin, but say it in private quarters-Face-to-Face & LEAVE it out of the Press, in a time of War we must be United.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  246. bob

    General McChrystal is not a politician, his words don't matter. He has been given Control of Afghanistan because of his impeccable service record, this alone should determine his role in this war, not his off the cuff comments.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  247. Jay

    He leads our troops in an effort to protect our freedom and our rights, one of which is the freedom of speech. I don't believe he should be fired for exercising that right. Let him stay.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  248. ray cody

    General should stay.Obama should go.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  249. Christino Kaneko

    President Obama needs to fire General McChrystal. The commander in chief will look like a wuss if he fails to do so.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  250. Delroy

    I am a Desert Strom Vet. I would like the Gen. to ask himself, what would he do if one of his soldiers said the thing that he said. The twist is that he not only said it but he said it so that all could see and hear. As a vet I can promise you that that soldier would not just be fired he/she would face a court martial and be facing forfeiture of all pay, prison term and a bad conduct discharge. You might think that for the Gen this might be harsh, but think of it this way, he knows better, he is a leader that thousands of soldiers. If it is ok with him it will be ok with the troops and that will destroy moral. On one man is more important than the mission. The General knows that and made his choice. Now it's the president's time to make a choice. It is said that the president is not decisive. Mr President, be decisive. Have him defend himself in a court martial. Maybe Karzai likes him because he supports Karzai in talking bad about America and its president. He must go.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  251. bo

    who cares if he gets fired,they have a back up plan like the oil spill

    June 23, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  252. vincent

    i think President Obama should call on the Donald aka mr trump and just say " General McCrhystal youre Fired!!!!!"

    June 23, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  253. Joe

    When one joins the military, one takes an oath to obey the orders of those appointed and elected above him/her. One also gives up some of his/her freedom of speech.
    General McChrystal has created and allowed to develop around him, a cancer that must be eradicated. To allow General McChrystal to remain as a commander or to allow him to remain in the military will cause more problems for the administration as well as military personnel.
    He and his team have willfully disrespected those to whom they report; his team reflects the attitude of the General and they felt comfortable making disparaging comments, in front of the General, about those in authority over them. This kind of behavior by members of the military is totally unsatisfactory. The General's resignation must be accepted and acted upon immediately.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  254. Bob Schwabik

    If every subordinate who criticizes his boss at one time or another were fired, there wouldn’t be anybody left to do the job.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  255. Chris

    I am an ex-militayr person and I served 8 years in the USAF. As any commander in a war time environment will tell you, "when you have a breakdown in the chain of commande, people will die – period". McChrystal and his aides should know better as they all are carrer people. Poor judgement on his part and I am sorry, he must go. If this was a lowly NCO, he/she would be in a court martial.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  256. Dan

    A senator says support for BP, a General disses the administration...both threatened with their jobs. No freedom of speech here.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  257. steve e. early

    let warriors fight and politicians politic. every intelligent creative person has suffered through bad orders and become frustrated. this seems to be the problem. better communication with president and warrior will make things better.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  258. Peter

    I am a retired Army officer. I did not vote for President Obama. He was however, elected President and concurrently Commander-in-Chief. He is the President of the United States and my President. This was not some cocktail party gaffe. General McCrystal should be fired before close of business.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  259. nixon

    Fire him!
    To do and to say what he did, he is the enemy within. How can you win when your man in charge is against you?

    June 23, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  260. otto borden

    I think the general set the whole thing up with the blabber mouth reporter because he is tired of people back here calling him everyday asking him whats going on and being badgered by legislators that do nothing but criticize . That way he will still get his retirement the comments were not that bad and he will get a honorable discharge.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  261. Bob Gillespie

    He should have been fired the last time he shot his undisciplined mouth off. Karzai should also keep his trap shut. McChrystal must have a McArthur complex. He obviously does not know what this USA is built upon. Obama is the Commander-in-Chief. If McChrystal believed in the concept he would have not shot his mouth off. He might make it as a standup comedian but he should not be allowed to continue in a command role. He embarrasses me. His comments indicate he likes an audience and he likes to sound big. He is a small man.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  262. Hector Cazares

    He has to be terminated or forced to resign or President Obama will look weak and without control of his military. That is three strikes, McMuffin is out!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  263. clarence

    General McChrsystal should be let go immediately. He may be a great General but there is no room for insubordination with the seriousness of today's war conflicts. If President Obama cannot have support of any General that is charged with leading troops in the warfighter then he should be removed. The White House should not have to worry about a General and his aggravation towards the administration which can cause deviation of orders being followed which can put all of our troops in danger. If General McChrsystal does not want to be on board or does not agree with the President or his administration then it should be brought to the White House attention in a closed forum for discussion not airing it out to a reporter which now affects the rest of the world even our combined Joint forces.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  264. Jesse

    What Gen McChrystal did is called insubordination, which is punishable IAW UCMJ. If he is allowed to stay, he just set a new standard for his soldiers to follow: "It is now okay to be insubordinate toward your superiors, including the General. How could he punich any young officer or soldier who acts that way toward him from now on? I spent 30 years in the Army and I like the Gen, but what he did is inexcusable.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  265. Nate

    McChrystal lost his freedom of speech when he enlisted in the military. He signed his contract and took his oath and made a commitment to live within the command structure. Anybody in the military can tell you that there is no freedom of speech there. He showed a lack of respect for the Commander in Chief as well as a total lack of the "discipline" he was so renowned for.

    The military serves the country, not the other way around.

    Can him.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  266. anonymous

    General McCrystal should stay, Here is a guy that fights for your right to freedom of speach which you guys really have no right in afghanistan only in the United States do you have that right. Sure there are words that should have been kept private but until a person in charge of this country actually does what the young men and women that sacrifice their lives do we should just leave it alone this General has done a huge job with counter insurgency there are schools and medical clinics there because of this man and his policies. so let him be

    June 23, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  267. Kristine

    I think it is best for McCrystal to resign. Just for being stupid. He out of all people should know that you do not talk around media. They teach us as soldiers to be mindful what you say around media, due to the fact that they will change your words around. It sucks that he was the one to get caught up. The Afghan president need to keep his comments to himself. President Obama is the Commander and Cheif of the USA. Who does this Afghan president think he is, really. If he want McCrystal that bad, he can get him. "AFTER HE RESIGNS FROM HIS POSITION AND THE ARMY" This is a lesson well learned that you shouldn't become complacent with your job. Always be on guard.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  268. John

    Three points:
    1. NO ONE in the military has a right to free speech. You give that up when you sign on. I had to hold my tongue for 20 +years.
    2. McChrystal has violated one of the prime principals of leadership: disrespecting his chain of command.
    3. Just like my war, Viet Nam, the war in Afghanistan is doomed to failure so it makes no difference who the commander is.

    USN (ret)

    June 23, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  269. Kris

    A serious mistake if the General is removed from command, just a thought remember General George Patton, Mad Dog Kelly USMC and don't forget when the the Marine General in Korea was ordered to surrender his marines, he refused and threatened the high command to have the ships there or else to evacuate his marines. In these examples the insubordinates were correct and the high command was wrong. It is time to let our soldiers do the job they were assigned to, let's stop being baby sitters.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  270. jimmy

    It takes to speak out when you see and know things are being handled improperly. who better knows than the one on the ground putting his butt on the line. The president is not a soldier nor does he know of military tactics. I support McCrystal. I support ending this fruitless and financially breaking project.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  271. Lynn Gilbert

    Gen. McCrystal should keep his job, keep his mouth shut, consult his boss, and reassign his aids who can't keep their mouths shut.
    His dismissal would damage the US effort to get in there, do the right thing, and then get out, which is what all the middle east nations want, and would improve our credibility as well.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  272. Joseph

    Tired of so many being allowed to disrespect our President! Would we be discussing if President was white and General was black... Let's get serious about supporting our Commander and Chief as we would with others. The general was wrong, some of his staff was wrong and they need to be held accountable.....

    June 23, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  273. Gayle

    I'm sorry but I don't think that the Gen. should be fired over remarks that were made. He has an opinion too. I think that instead of whining like babies Obama and his team should focus on the biggest problem at hand that is affecting American people on the coast and that is the oil spill that BP has not cleaned up yet. I think that Obama should start acting like a president and take care of the American people and not his reputation.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  274. Bob FLeming

    He should not only be fired but charged and tried for violation of the Military Code of Conduct.

    His is just the sort of reprehensible sort of conduct that is indicative of the danger President Eisenhower warned of when he said the most dangerous thing the nation should be aware of is the the military-industrial complex.

    That thief we installed as the head of Afghanistan has no business whatsoever trying to influence the decision of whether to fire him.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  275. Jackie

    McChrystal should beremoved and courtmartialed. It would be nothing less for any other soldier. Does he have no respect for the United States? What do other countries think of such behavior? By the way, we are the "United States" not the "democrat" or" republican" states.

    Has McChrystal released these remarks to be removed from his command so when we start pulling out of Afghanistan he can say "I told you so!" no matter the outcome? This story amazes me!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  276. Jean

    General McCrystal's comments of frustration with the system and his position to this Media outlet was obviously of a confidential nature. However, he depicted lack of respect for President Obama's position, by criticizing him, his decisions and his administration. Little did he know that his demeaning and damaging comments, once stated, would have been printed and also broadcasted. His comments have resulted in an embarrassment to President Obama and to himself and have obviously affected his working relationship with him and confidence to continue performing his duty. For a man of his stature, he should have known better. When will these people of such stature learn a lesson? This has caused many people in high profile positions to lose their jobs. His apology will not make a difference for he has damaged his reputation and credibility to continue his work in Afghanistan. If he does not resign he should be fired. The world is anxiously waiting to hear the results.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  277. Jonathan

    I believe that not only should General McChrystal keep his job but the American people should exhibit a bit more respect for someone will ing to speak publically against these issues. While the comments were on the negative side they reflect what he felt about the administration from his own first hand experience....if nothing else people should remember that freedom of speech isn't just reserved for civilians.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  278. GARY J

    So because a person is President he is always right? Everyone in this nation knows that is not true based upon past Presidents. I also served in the Military and understand that you follow all orders of the Commander in Chief. But it does not always make him right. Gen McChrystal did make a mistake and everyone wants him fired? If we fired every soldier or military person making mistakes we would have to go back to the draft. He does need to be talked to but based upon his talk with the President a decision be made at that time.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  279. Becki

    The General needs to be fired. He broke his oath as an officer and he knew the consequences of his actions. He also allowed the people in his command to be insubordinate, where would it stop?! What would the General do if a soldier in his command was insubordinate towards him?? My husband is a retired Lieutenant Colonel & my oldest son is serving in Afghanistan currently. They, as well as everyone else, are aware that the chain of command is sacred & it is military law. This has to be strictly adhered to in order to get the job done. The General is a very disciplined man in all areas of his life, he should have been disciplined and demanded discipline from those under him in this area as well. He is the leader and sets the mood for all under and around him!! There is a time and place that he (General) could have spoke to the the President and stated his opinion, this was not the time or place!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  280. steven willis

    Mcchrystal has the right of freedom of speech.. Sometimes the truth hurts!! He is allowed as an american to not like what obama say's or dose.. But no matter what he think's he dose his job and should be able to stay.. Maybe if obama would throw on some BDU's and walk in the hot sun for days's with not much food or a shower and get shot at he would have a diffrent point of view! The taliban dosnt have there hands tied back they shot to kill

    June 23, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  281. KDS

    Gen. Mcchrystal should lose his job peroid!!! Theres no room for stupid stuff like this. Time to clean house

    June 23, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  282. Brian

    A transition of leadership will come at the cost of American lives. Do we really live in a world in which a magazine can kill Americans? Every officer complains about policy and its makers. This is just a case of a lack of situational discretion. Let's push pride aside and let the General get back to his job.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  283. mongo

    hey he should keep his job what now there is a problem with the truth , from every thing i've seen on this and the job he has done he was just say he is tire of not completeing the job over there Going in starting something not being able to finnish because of the waiting for the white house give go ahead to do what he knows need to be done, he is there not the our goverment let him do his job and get our troups back home. Hey he probbly said what ever one of our troups also feel , it is called frustration

    June 23, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  284. David West

    Fire Him...He needs to go....We all look up to the top for respect.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  285. bo

    what more important in the world the oil spill in the gulf or firing the general.who cares what going on in other countries,what about the united states of america,the oil spill come on guys think about it

    June 23, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  286. Richard kordash

    The military needs to be under civilian control. But the job of "commander in chief" Should require more than being elected President of the u.s. Obama has no military expierence, And should approve the militaries requests without question.This is the root issue of the whole controversy.President obama has no clue how to fight a war...

    June 23, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  287. joe

    you know I am in the military... I believe that McChystal was in line! It's about time someone speaks out about what this president has done to our country!!! McCrystal has more expirence then my own commander in chief!!! Obama needs to get some cheese for his wine!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  288. Jerry

    If General McChrystal wants to express himself, he should become a folksinger. If he wants to be an American General, he should remember that the President is the Commander in Chief.
    What kind of people are he and his staff? Talking like colege frat-boys in front of a reporter, even if he's buying the drinks, doesn't seem to be the way to inspire confidence in their collective judgement.
    Tolerance of this sort of behavior in the military is what leads to Juntas in third-world backwaters.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  289. roderick m. farb petty

    He has a great history, a black mark on his record should not make him a question. He succeded in Iraq and may have said some biting commments, but look at the pressure he is under.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  290. Jim

    What happened to a Transparent administration? From what I read in the article there is nothing more than some personal bickering and opinions which should be freely expressed.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  291. mary lou hess

    My husband was in the military officer 21 yrs. If he hasn't learned after all these yrs. that bad-mouthing a superior is a NO NO, he doesn't deserve to be a commander. No one will ever take him seriously again, nor should they. Time to get out General!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  292. David

    General McCrystal needs to go. He has no excuse for his behavior and he didn't get to be a four star General by osmosis. His actions serve as a bad example for his subordinates and will set a terrible presedent if he is allowed to stay. Soldiers do not blatantly exhibit disrespect or insubordination towards Senior Leaders or the Chain of Command. He has apparently reached a level of responsibility above his competence and therefore is willing to place blame upon the leadership for his inablities rather than accept ownership and develop solutions. Thank him for his service and send him on his way.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  293. Wendy J

    To Bob- If you spoke trash about your boss and the whole management team and they read about it in print, you would be standing in the unemployment line.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  294. Elvia M. Chalmers

    He has to be disciplined, this is not about Obama, nor is it about sensitivity, this is about the "framework" , the very
    bare bones of what makes the United States Military or any military work. Respect for the "Chain of Command".

    It does not surprise me that Americans are not unanimous on this point as we no longer as a nation believe in "respect for authority and respect for a position".

    June 23, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  295. Chu Fermin

    I believe the one who must resign is obama for still being campaigning and NOT working at all and beside being against the nation (U.S.A.)

    June 23, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  296. Randy

    Maybe obama cant except the truth all he does is flap his gums if he can do better he should go over there and command and fight instead of whining maybe he might like some cheese with that whine!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  297. Linda McClure-Woodham

    WHY, WHY, in the name of common sense and all that is holy is BP allowed to say who can or can not help save the animals???

    Did I miss a new Louisiana purchase??

    Does BP now own the entire state and inflict it's apathy on all Americans?

    June 23, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  298. Carol

    Is Tony out of his mind asking the man with the ice business (down because of the BP disaster) if he is willing to help out with the clean up?The man is practicaly out of business because of BP, and is he now expected to clean it up and ruin his health as well? Does Tony ever think before he opens his mouth?

    As for McCrystal, fire him; then try him.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  299. Ladyvet

    As a veteran myself. He should be subject to the same UCMJ as every other soldier, court martialed, and demoted. Why should there be an exception. He can be replaced!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  300. Bob

    General McCrystal should be allowed to stay. He has served his country honorably for many years. He should be able to to say what he thinks. He did not direct his remarks to the president or show any disrespect. It was meant for the members of congress who are not military people and unfortunatly think the know more than the military does about fighting a war. I know many people in the military that think the same or less of some members of congress than the General stated.
    I admire the general for having the guts to say what he thinks.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  301. John

    Since General McChrystal enjoys "rhymes" and "play on words", the President should tell him "No Stan..Bye". The President should relieve the general to assure that all in the military ranks know that he will perform the duties of the Commander In Chief.



    June 23, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  302. john

    In the military people usually dont express their political views because you are fighting under all political parties. The general should never have expressed his political views.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  303. Cecily

    General McChrystal has been a distraction from day one. If he cared about the war at all, he would have acted accordingly. He's obviously not the best person for the job.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  304. Greg

    As a veteran I must say I am seriouly disappointed in how Gen. McChrystal and his staff have conducted themselves. The huge egos, "frat boy" language and boozy nights in Paris are not that suprising. But to disparage the freely elected leader of this great country in such a public way when the President is trying to manage two wars, an economy in crisis and the worst evironmental disaster in US history is well...un-American in my opinion. McChrystal is now the poster child for the wave of disrespect and misguided rage the President has had to endure from day one of his administration.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  305. C Arbon

    What about transparency? Why should the General be fired for expressing his opinion openly? The Administration is on the wrong track obviously!

    As a Gulf Coast resident who's watching what the President is NOT doing to save our animals, wetlands, and communities, I'd fire the President and keep the General if it were up to me!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  306. Sgnt Major

    General McCrystal was only calling dogs and clowns,DOGS and CLOWNS!!! The whole council are clowns,esspecialy Joe Bidon!!!!!
    The General is the best we have,I would follow him through the gates of hell !!! Then there's Obama,I will never call him President,or my Comander and Chief!!!! I will never respect the man who's quoyed as saying,"I will never serve in this white man's army !!!! He's a raceist,always was ,always will be and I will say it to his face!!! If he fires the General,He, needs to be replaced,and it's time we got started so he won't be relected!!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  307. Bill Byrd

    General McChrystal should be fired period! As a former Air Force officer, i understand the command structure and how officers should act. The people who say that when you take the oath of office you do not lose your freedom of speech simply do not understand why this protocol is in place. The leader sets the stage/attitude for surbordinate to follow. War is no joke and comments from leaders can not be taken lightly. People lives are at stake and the atmosphere should be businesslike at all times. General McChrystal can not be allowed to continue under these circumstances. Everyone can be replaced. What if McChrystal was unable to command for some reason. Do we stop the war?

    McChrystal must be removed!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  308. Garett

    Again, the right move here, the only move, is to thank McChrystal for his time and service, and then FIRE HIM. The real 'boss', our president, knows that in a time when the lens is most focused on himself with an inherited mess abroad as well as an oil catastrophe at home, that egos with their generals in the way will not be tolerated. This country has too many real and important issues that a 'who's right' mentality from the general public in regards to this 'new vietnam' is unacceptable. Opinions are just that; there is only one right move here.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  309. Obie Ward

    I am a 20 years retired military service member and a 26 years employee of the Department of the Army . Gen. McCrystal should be terminate immediately.Never could i or serve under such a leader .
    This Gen is a disgrace to the US Military. Gen. McCrystal should be fired and court martial for insubordination.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  310. governmentwatchdog

    McChrystal should keep his job. Obama has enough "Yes men"
    around. McChrystal tells it the way he sees it. So did Patton!
    What's the problem Obama? Can't handle critic' from your ?

    Learn from your mistakes! Can't take the heat Get out of the Kitchen!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  311. Su

    The General should go. He has bad mouthed the 'Whitehouse', our President & our Vice President. He has weakened Americans confidence in our President and the 'Whitehouse'. Are we not at WAR with Afganistan? Should not the General and his cronies be charged with treason?

    June 23, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  312. Jim

    The General, for all intents and purposes, resigned when he voiced his displeasure with the Commander and Chief. His subordinates are a reflection of his leadership. The President has no choice but to accept the resignation and move on.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  313. Ismail Farid

    The President will have to do what's best for the troops and their morale, and their current objective in the fight against terrorism.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  314. Debbie Jones

    President Obama and General McChrystal need to kick back, and have a couple of beers to resolve their differences.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  315. patricia Albuquerque, N.M. DO NOT fire McKrystal. Many people work with bosses that they don't like but they they still perform there duties and are loyal to them. Why shouldn't the General be allowed to the same feelings. His performance has not been hindered and is doing an excellent job. Discusting that Rolling Stone Didn't have the intelligence to do better. I would never trust the magazine or the journalist.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  316. Chris

    Gen. McCrystal should be relieved of duty and disciplinary action taken.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  317. Steve Wolff

    Sounds like the White House & staff are thin skinned. If you throw a stone at a pack of dogs, the one that yells is the one you hit, and judging from all the hollerin', a lot of things said were right one the mark.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  318. Laura

    He shouldn't have bad mouthed the President to Rollingstone but do we want to risk more by firing him? He is so good.

    And what about Rollingstone? Shame on them. Why did they want the US Military look so bad. Why don't they go to Afghanistan to fight for a couple of years.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  319. William Martin

    "The emperor has no clothes" This is happening in Corporate Culture as well. Shouldn't we and the president be asking "What's driving this behavior?"
    Instead we get the thin skin "they can't say that about me crap". My guess is that much of what was said is true. McChrystal is a smart guy with a good record. So now all of a sudden he's a bad guy saying the wrong thing?
    Wake up America, the guy's on the ground know what's going on. They are just pawns in a mis-directed War, from a mis-directed culture. Imagine, if we belived him and found out his comments were accurate. What then?

    June 23, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  320. Jerry Saunders

    This is just another example of how our men and women are being persecuted for doing their duty. The Clinton's and now Obama are out to destroy the military of our country. Look how many Academy graduates have gotten out of the service after the required tour. How many Sgts have gotten out. How many families have been destroyed. The media fed liberals don't realize war is dirty and deadly and it takes a dedicated man to prosecute in an intelligent and as safe a manner for civilians and soldiers alike. Leave the General in place and let him do his job and bring our troops home as soon as possible. If you don't leave him in place then bring all the troops home.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  321. CPT George J Overton USA Retired

    Tony...a message to all of the bleeding hearts that have NEVER spent one day in the desense of this country...I woulike to introduce them to Article 88 of the military Bible... the Uniform Code O Military Justice (UMCJ). Everyone in ALL branches not just the Army since is a DIRECTIVE to eveyone serving under the WILL of the Commander-In-Chief....the President of the United States. Article clearly states in no uncertain meanings terms or that NO commissioned officer (including Generals (Ask McArthur) shall repeat ANY dispariging remarks of rhe President, Vice-President, his Cabinet, the Congress, Representatives or any under the dierct command of the President. The penalty is IMMEDIATE dismisal or punishment as a Court Martial may direct. This may not be verbatum and all spelling may not be correct but this was taught to me on my first day and the UCMJ became my and everyone's Bible to answer all questions of respect of Office. To doanythinr other than follow this directive brings disrepect to the office of Commander in Chief.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  322. Ala

    The General already been fired by the media. I think the media should leave the firing or hiring to the President of the United States.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  323. William Martin

    "The emperor has no clothes" This is happening in Corporate Culture as well. Shouldn't we and the president be asking "What's driving this behavior?"
    Instead we get the thin skin "they can't say that about me crap". My guess is that much of what was said is true. McChrystal is a smart guy with a good record. So now all of a sudden he's a bad guy saying the wrong thing?
    Wake up America, the guy's on the ground know what's going on. They are just pawns in a mis-directed War, from a mis-directed culture. Imagine, if we believed him and found out his comments were accurate. What then?

    June 23, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  324. Tom

    I think Gen McChrystal should be fired as well as his staff. This show total disrespect to the Pressident .

    June 23, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  325. Jason

    Personally, I think he should be fired. As a member of the military myself, I know the Chain of Command is there for a reason. You follow it whether you like it or not. You took an oath to obey the orders of the President of the United States and of the officers appointed over you. If you can't do that, you get punished...period.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  326. Shayne L. Glessing-Karzmar

    In this day and age of hyper-sensitive, over the top, PC oriented people whom so often demanded the firing of people for not knowing what this month's or years manner of referring to each ethnic group, how could anyone believe that Gen. Stanley McChrystal not be fired outright! He has violated every manner of honour and respect, and he is replaceable. I am white, from a military family during times of war, and lived on base. Had anyone then or now behaved as such towards any ethnic group in or out of a command structure, there wouldn't a question. He needs to go and in great disgrace!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  327. kathy from phx az

    He should be fired !!!!! For you people out there that think otherwise I wonder if you know what respect for our president is or anyone else for that matter? You can disagree but whatever happened to civility. Thats right "freedom of speech"!. Where do you draw the line? Whether you like our president or not he is the President of the United States. Grow up people!!!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  328. Claude

    A four star General in the Army should know you do not speak out negatively about the President, the Voice President, Sectary of State and the Sectary of Defense, You are breaking one of the code of conduct. As a 30 year veteran, if the President don’t fired him. The General should resigned. This is bad for Command climate.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  329. chuck galle

    It's unlikely one of twelve four star Generals in the US Army would make such a gaffe accidentally. We need to look at what message he intended to send. He knew what he was doing.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  330. Jason DeBoor

    Hey what's the big deal with a general bad mouthing a president and/or his administration, if every general was fired for bad mouthing or back talkin their cammander in cheif we wouldnt have some of our most remembered generals in history i mean look at Patton for example he bad mouthed Rosevelt and he still kept his job keep McChrystal he's a good general!!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  331. Robert C

    Forgive me for not seeing what others claim to see, but having read the article from Rolling Stone, I do not find any direct comment from the general himself which is so untrue or insubordinate to warrant this tornado of criticism. At this point everyone already knows that this white house in rather thin skinned and overly sensitve, especially concerning Obama's inability to express emotion or connect with people's feelings. That he has not connected with yet another subordinate is no surprise. I see that as the real problem. The layers of administrative staff surrounding this rather inexperienced individual do not seem to be working well together, Most of the indirect criticism contained in this thinly veiled hit piece is directed at powerfully placed dysfunctioning administration officials who seem to be jockeying for control and ego gratification. I see the general as a real life Leroy Jethro Gibbs. The resemblence is uncanny to the character, indcluding his penchant for scowling at authority. Nevertheless both are adept and unique in their persona and radiate beyond their milquetoast associates. The way I see it, Obama needs more McChrystal's and fewer yes men if he wants to salvage his presidency.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  332. Jay Jablonski

    President Obama needs to stick to being president and realize that he and his staff know little about about running an army. They talk a great fight but the reality of it is they don't have a clue. If the president is smart, and I think that he is, he will quickly realize the importance of keeping the the general in place. I think that most people are tired of politions that get their feelings and insist on firing someone simply because they have a different opinion. The general is doing a great job and the president needs to realize that maybe he does have some clowns on his staff.

    Here's some advice Mr. President, get over it!

    Jay Jablonski, Cochranton, Pennsylvania

    June 23, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  333. Gertrude Pownall

    I just listened to a most unconvincing argument for retaining General McChrystal! He has a good relationship with the president of Afghanistan! A UNITED STATES General should better have a good relationship with the president of the United States!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  334. Jarvis

    A big mistake to fire General McChrystal.
    Troops often talk trash as a stress reliever. That's a lot better than suicide!
    Let the military deal with the "talkers".
    Let the General do his job and get our soldiers home.
    The mission is more important and a any ruffled feathers.
    The only winners would be those who want to kill us and the media who would love to cover it.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  335. Deborah Beasley

    Absolutely General McCrystal should be fired. Back in my day, soldiers were expected to show respect for their chain of command. I served proudly and I would expect that McCrystal would expect no less from those under his command. In the words of Bugs Bunny...What an ignoramous!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  336. Jerry Turecky

    I have been the widow of a retired military man and now married to a retired WW ll Lt. Colonel. there is always that fine line of what you can say, when to say it and where to say it in the military. BIG BROTHER WAS ALWAYS watching and listening. BUT, rules were rules and they still matter whether you like or dislike your commander you kept your thoughts to yourself. We can't get rid of every general that speaks or says a bad thought even it it is against the president of the United States. If so, we will be getting rid of our braviest war trained men. If we can elect a president who doessn't know beans about running our government, then I do believe we should take a few steps back and NOT FIRE a general who is trained and educated to fight our battles.

    That any of these people writing to CNN know that the USSR fought in Afghanastan for 10 years and had to pull their tails in and leave the country without winning the war. They had the help of many countries who are now helping us. Here is an article from "Wikipedia on this subjust.

    "The Soviet War in Afghanistan was a ten-year conflict involving the Soviet Union, supporting the Marxist government of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan at their own request against the Islamist Mujahideen Resistance. The mujahideen found other support from a variety of sources including the United States, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt and other Muslim nations through the context of the Cold War.

    The initial Soviet deployment of the 40th Army in Afghanistan began on December 24, 1979 under Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.[4] The final troop withdrawal started on May 15, 1988, and ended on February 15, 1989 under the last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Due to the interminable nature of the war, the conflict in Afghanistan has often been referred to as the Soviets' Vietnam;[5] the analogy compares the conflict to America's role in the Vietnam War."

    Our politicians should read and study why the USSR failed to conquer this nation and then they may come to understand why we can't conquer it either.

    Jerry Turecky

    June 23, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  337. Nate

    I just completed 21 years of service as an Army Lieutenant Colonel. This kind of talk permeats the officer ranks. He just got caught! Regardless of what happens to him this is a very sad affair for the Army. What would he do if he caught his Soldiers belittling him in a public forum? I would love to go back in time be assigned to his staff and test my theory. Everyone needs to re-read LTC Paul Yinglings article; Failure in Generalship. The war and the Army will survive without this general his Command Sergeant Major and his staff.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  338. Bryan Schrader

    General McChrystal needs to stay. If Obama can't take some criticism he needs to get some help with his control issues. We need a general that is tough. We are too worried about being politically correct, and forget to speak what we think. Our troops(me included) want somebody to lead our troops with conviction, truth, an opinion, and no BS. The General can walk the walk so that gives him the right to talk the talk. Our community organizer pres hasn't done jack. Shoot he may not even be a citizen, still haven't seen the birth certificate...The General needs to stay. Cut the political correctness and putting wussies in leadership roles.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  339. Dave in Vancouver BC

    Make the General run laps around the White House with a M16A held over his head till he passes out, then toss him on a plane to Afghanistan...

    June 23, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  340. Colleen in Canada

    A HUGE & STUPID mistake deserves a STRONG slap on the hand, however, if professionally he fits the bill, better keep him. Everybody at some time or another complains about "the Boss". He got caught in the back room. After so many years of excellent service and he's fired, then what about his pension I worry!!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  341. Gynnie Ann De Jesus

    Fire General Stanley McChrystal because first, we do not know who's agenda he is acting upon, second, service men and women are under his command, third, General McChrystal may be willing to sacrifice the lives of our service men and service women to give the appearance of Presidencial failure. Our country was established where it will not stand on one man's or one woman's shoulder.

    One can not treat an old dog a new trick. Most actions are by creature of habit. Fire the man and investigate his connections. Fire, Fire, Fire!

    Seems to me, General Stanley McChrystal is just another attempt by the extreme right wing of the Republican Party. Is the Republican Party go to destroy our system of government? I think so!

    June 23, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  342. R. V. Wagner

    Our early representative form of government separated the military from civil government. While not always honored by arrogant men on either side of the equation, politics and armed services have respectfully honored the others domain. The President of the U.S., no matter who he might be, is COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF of the armed services. As competent a military man as he might be, General McCrystal permitted widespread disrespect for the man he reports to. His inaction in quelling the rants of his staff may have encouraged them. While not quite rising to the level of the Truman/Mac Arthur conflict, the principal is the same. The General and his troops dissed his boss. I see no path to recovery here. HE SHOULD RESIGN. (maybe he did)

    June 23, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  343. Christopher Smith

    I think the General was wrong for his statements, but let's be honest...he just said what most of us are thinking! All to often, we have arm chair quarterbacks/politicians giving the orders to our men on the ground, without having much of a clue about what is actually going on in the war. Let's face it, they only know what the men on the ground tell them. I respect and agree with what the General said, but unfortunately he doesn't have the freedoms we have to be so honest with his opinions. I just hope they weigh all options before making a hasty decision. Peace, Chris

    June 23, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  344. Gill Holllie

    After 16 years of working in Human Resources I went back into the school District as an after school tutoring coordinator. My Principal said having me as a young black man in the school is a breath of fresh air and that my being there alone has already made a possitive difference in the lives of the students.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  345. Don Vicknair

    As for everyone who is saying McChrystal has the right to speak his mind, yes he does... but only to his superiors. As Tom Hanks character says in "Saving Private Ryan", you dont complain to subordinates. Complaints go up. And certainly not airing your dissatisfaction to a magazine. I think he should hand in his resignation, and Obama should reject it. Send him back to the battle and get the job done. However, Obama has every right ot dismiss the general for his comments if he decides to do so. The president should state that McChrystal is the best man for the job, he has apologized and will be repremanded.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  346. Radar

    If Obama does not fire McChrystal it would send a wrong message. Obama needs to fire him and set a precedent for other General’s who decide they can disrespect their superior. If this were a lay person in Corporate America they would be fired without any questions. McChrystal cannot be trusted and has no integrity.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  347. B.A.O. Haley


    At approximately 12:10 PM today you asked Why do you think that General McCrystal did said what he said.

    Tony, In all honesty... I feel that this is where the story is..

    General McCrystal is a military tactician.. He knows how to maneuver, rally the troops, and engage the enemy. He is not an uneducated man.

    Perhaps the ends will justify the means regarding the United States's role in this conflict which both has no conclusion nor ultimately a long term success.

    This would not be the first time that a soldier has thrown his body over a grenade to protect his troops.

    Stick with the reasoning... The actions speak for themselves.


    BAO Haley

    June 23, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  348. Mike

    The only person that should be fired is the one on his staff that allowed R/S to print the article. Gen. McChrystal did not come out in public with these comments. I'm sure the President and his staff comment about the Republicans behind closed doors the same way, and so do the rest of us about our bosses. This article is just something else to take the focus of of the Gulf oil disaster.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  349. James Butler

    Hey, Tony
    About our black teachers, I'm a black father, had a black father and am sure I'm raising black fathers. I have 3 children, and are surrounded by black fathers, I think we need more credit

    June 23, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  350. Alan

    It is time for him to go. The Taliban is using this against America. As a honorable member of the United States Armed Forces, you do not discredit the Commander and Chief – regardless of your opinion.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  351. Benjie

    They should keep McChrystal because all he has done. Everybody has disgruntled comments on Joe Biden. Come on. McChrystal is a great man and is Karzai's choice

    June 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  352. Lynette

    What the President needs to be reminded of is this. How many times did he critizied past Presidents (especially Bush), Admininstration, Republicans, and anyone he thought he could declare his thoughts and criticism? What does that make him? The next term around; it won't happen. Even the foreign country President doesn't want our General to leave. He has done a lot for our country. Has Obama ever served his country, or are they still trying to find his true birth certificate?

    June 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  353. oliver

    Obama in difficult situation – he appears weak if he does not remove the gen., risks ramp up of new commander at time of war if he does.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  354. Evelyn Nichols

    Why not do something "old Fashioned?" Reduck the General's rank. Demotion is career ending, but he can continue his command for now.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  355. Richard Silva-Stump

    General McChrystal should be fired because:
    1. The troops and field Commanders in Afghanistan have no confidence in his leadership.
    2. The leadership in Afghanistan/Pakistan need to have confidence in our Military leaders and the implementation of their strategies.
    3. The American People need to have faith in McCrystal's leadership. His leadership is seriously in question.
    4. Our friends and allies in the World need confidence in both McCrystal's abilities and Obama's ability to oversee his Military leadership.

    The World can not afford to have McCrystal in charge in Afghanistan.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  356. Ed

    He should not be fired! This is America and Freedom of Speech is our constitutional right! If they don't like it... Bite Me.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  357. Chris Deese

    FIRE HIM!!!!!!!,anybody can be replaced!!!!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  358. Marcia Goldstein

    Re Gen McChrystal's Rolling Stone interview, the issue is broader than poor judgment in making remarks about the president and other officials. How will the the mission in Afghanistan, a Muslim country, be affected by the US Commanding General's story appearing in a magazine with a naked woman on the cover with machine guns in her bra?

    June 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  359. Ronald

    Obama needs to fire Gen. McCrystal. He can order a military coup and the soilders can follow his orders. Obama can't take that chance.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  360. sheila

    The General should stay. He has and is continuing his fight for the freedom of our country. The president should be as concerned for the United States.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  361. Tony

    When a general publicly criticizes the Commander in Chief it's time for him to go. Not firing him would just confirm what McChrystal's aides think about Obama's and his men – that they're wimps.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  362. Laura

    He will be forced to resign.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  363. Merle Kaufman

    He should go. His staff should go. Someone needs to bite the bullet on this one, because this is the kind of disrespect that no President can allow. Would George Bush have tolerated it? I don't think so. We need to use this as a reason to get out of this war, which is yet another quagmire and money pit.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  364. christopher bryant

    Even in the face of growing frustration, a failed mission(Not Winnable)the troops must have complete trust and respect for their commanders. The remarks made in Rolling Stone magazine cast serious doubts on whether the General takes serious his command responsibilities. Unfortunately, McChrystal must resign

    June 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  365. S. Tacker

    General McCrystal's and his staff's personal comments should never have been printed in the Hastings article. Hastings did what he set out to do, bring down a general, compromise our mission, and make a name for himself, just sleazy. Whose side is Hastings on, anyway? He should have been reporting on a great general and the difficult task he was assigned to do. Our men are over there doing their jobs under extremely difficult conditions and there is a reporter just waiting to report comments made in frustration. I hope he never gets to cover our military news again.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  366. Lamar Kelly

    Asa former military soldier, insubordination is not tolerated. I feel that he should be fired. How can you expect soldiers to follow him after such statements. Fire Him today........

    June 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  367. Bill, Upper NYS

    In the late 50's, I proudly wore the uniform of the US Air Force. McChrystal and his group have disgraced their uniform. For the good of the Service, he should be fired. The others should face court marshal.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  368. David B

    If Obama was smart he would keep him. That way if the war goes south, he can blame it on his "rouge" general, and if the wars gets better, he can claim he knew all along to trust the general.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  369. Jay Fickling

    It seems like Gen. McChrystal and his aides have a low opinion of the civilian leaders of our armed services. I think they all need a strong reminder that George Washington and the founding fathers designed our military that way by being fired.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  370. Bob Simenson

    If you bench the star of the team, you may lose the game!!
    Keep him in there. He isn't perfect but he is getting the job done.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  371. Linda

    Of course he should be fired! Most of McChrystal's plan was adopted by the President and McChrystal was on board with it. To talk agaisnt the administration seems to be an attempt to push blame back against the administration for his own failed plan. If he couldn't support the adminsitration, he should have resigned before now. It is time to reassess the Afghanistan policy with a new general.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  372. Paul G.

    Foget about the chain of command in the military when an opinion voiced.......This man and many others that he directs are possibly giving their lives everyday. And we (Obaman Admin) really want to consider terminating him for voicing his frustration or concern on how to save his life, his soldiers lives and Americna lives (sticks and stones may break my bones and IEDs may kill me but words will never hurt me). Address it, get it over it and work with him on success.

    Is this really insubordination or a General having a disagreement on how to best save his life, his soldiers lives and American lives? Does this really show how insensitive our President is about American lives just over an opinion expressed?

    June 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  373. Jose, Univ of Bridgeport

    Gen McChrystal wil not be fired. If he was, what would it say about our constitutional rights...?

    And Tony, Futebol is finally becoming a major sport in the US. Something CNN will be covering with more passion in the near future.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  374. Bret

    Let not forget this is his second meeting with the President about speaking out. He seems to have no respect for the president, he'll do it again if given the chance, Totally disrespectful. He's gotta go.....

    June 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  375. Austin M.

    Gen. McChrystal shouldn't be fired because, first of all, it would falter the relationship between us and Afghanistan by sending the worng message. Something should be done about the remarks, but not to the extent of ending the General's command in Afghanistan.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  376. sal

    every soldier \ officer knows that the disrespect is not tolerated in the military. the general (and staff) should have been replaced before his words got to the public. what next, military coup?

    June 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  377. enya

    Tony, this Gen. know what he is doing, he is a very intelligent man. I think he wants out, he ran out of options on how to deal with war. This is his cheap way out. The interview was a smokescreen.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  378. Bob Steele

    If Karzai wants him to stay then he should go.

    I had great hopes for Afghanistan when Karzai first became in charge, but he has failed miserably, and his administration is at odds with the US


    June 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  379. Ken

    Unity of Effort is critical to the success of any campaign. General McCrystal's comments reflect not only poor judgement but it undermines his position as the top commander in Afghanistan and the position of President OBama as his Commander in Chief. The general should resign.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  380. victor

    a general does not get to where he is by being a yes man. He has paid the price put his life on the line and fought for his country. Sure he is going to have plenty to say about the the Pres. Obama has been in office for little over a year. What does he know about war and the cost of it to all the military and their families. This family backs our general and our military and not our Pres. Will we be fired from being an American

    June 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  381. sheila

    The General should stay. He has and is continuing to fight for the freedom of our country. The president should be as concerned for the United States.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  382. Dee

    Before the "armchair soliders" make comment they should consider the hell that McCrystal has lived, breathed and been responsible for while serving in Afghanistan or war zone for that matter. Yes he is a solider but McCrystal is also a human and he made a bad decision and hurt some egos. So rather than focus on the lack of judgement, lets turn this around and focus on his efforts todate, put him back where he has done a stellar job that most "armchair soliders" have no idea what it entails.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  383. Enoh

    It’s sad that a General has to criticize his commander in chief in this manner and thereby disrespecting the military tradition. The president is the commander-in-chief and this hierarchy should be respected at all times. He should go

    June 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  384. carol

    What he did was wrong. But do you accept his resignation or fire him just so he can be unleashed on Fox news as their next 'analyst' and reap monetary gain and continue his insubordinate attitude. What kind of example will he/this be for our military then? He needs to be removed from his post but remain under the control of the commander-in-chief. He must be reined in.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  385. Starr

    First a senator calls this president a liar in the most disrespectful manner, now a General who should be an example of discipline takes it a step further. Whether black or white, republican, democrat or independent, this man is our president. Fire the general straight up and replace him with the pool of competent officers i believe this great nation has.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  386. Alex

    In the military, we believe in constructive criticisms but what Gen McChrystal did goes against everything the military stands for. The military is an organization where such acts can not be tolerated; if we would allow subordinates to do so, it would destroy our basic foundation for our organization which discipline. His comments violate one of our 7 Army Values “Loyalty”. He is a great general in my eyes but such disloyalty has changed the way I feel about him as a leader.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  387. Dale Cornett

    Is it not enough to leave our families behind, go to a warring country to help fight for whats right, NOW, have we forgotten about our basic freedoms such as speech and opinions? You'd think he threatened the KING!!!! What ARE we fighting for? The Taliban would react like this, WE shouldnt. We should have embraced this as an EXAMPLE of the American FREEDOM to say what you FEEL!

    June 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  388. James W.

    As a Army vet., I don't think Obama should fire General McChrystal. It just makes it harder on the troops in the field. They have enough to do just staying alive.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  389. Sherry S

    If it were any other employee, they'd be long gone. You cannot mock or make those types of comments about your superiors and expect to stay in your position. He has allowed the power he earned to go to his head and is not doing his job in reining in his staff. The Gen. needs to be fired. .

    June 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  390. Michael from Ft. Hood, Texas

    As a senior field grade Army officer, one has to know that you cannot disparage the Commander in Chief, especially in an interview where your comments are openly made public. However, I commend the President for making sure that if Gen. McChrystal has to be removed, he is focusing first on who would be a suitable replacement to take over in Afghanistan. That type of character demonstrates true leadership when the President can make sure the mission is more important than the man.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  391. wanda

    the President should fire the general, but what bothers me the most is the disrespect that is given to our sitting President. there should be a law to prevent the cruel language that is aimed at President Obama. we elected him and we should trust him to lead. what does all this say about this country. thanks wanda of michigan

    June 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  392. Joe Wolfe

    The General needs to stay. He has made a big mistake, but there is too much true in what he said for the President to dismiss him. He had made mistake before receiveing the current assignment, awarding the Silver Star to Pat Tilley.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  393. Brittany J

    The president would be stupid to fire the best commander we have had in this war over hurt pride. Yeah Gen. McCrystal stepped out of line, but what ever happened to stick and stones. He is an honorable man who speaks his mind, which is why he was hired! Maybe we should listen closer to the General!

    June 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  394. Eugene D> Allen

    Re: General McCrystal...

    I am a retired Regular Officer and as such, respect and have lived by the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) since my entry into the service in 1952. General McCrystaal violated that code and should leave. If he has any class, he would have tendered his resignation this morning when he met with the President.

    Many people are wringing their hands about getting rid of him during the current war. Let me refresh the memories of your audience by reminding them that General George Patton, one of the best and successful generals during World War II was fired during the heat of battle. Also, Genral of the Army (5-Star General) Douglas McArthur was fired during the Korean war by President Truman. Both of those incidents occurred to preserve the sanctity of the chain of command. To use a barracks expression, General McCrystalmessed in his mess kit so now he must pay the price...

    June 23, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  395. Joe Singh

    If President Obama is to be respected General McCrystal must go .General McCrystal would not stand for insubordination from one of his soldiers,and what he said was very damaging and dis respectful.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  396. Patty Ronk

    General McChrystal should be fired. Talk about lack of respect for the country that has supported him. His inner circle was out of control, he was out of control and shouldn't be trusted with the lives of our military men and women when he doesn't respect the Presidency, Vice-Presidency and our mission.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  397. Betty

    He should keep his job,he is doing a good job and is just frustrated.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  398. Billee Buvia

    I wonder if the President has lost confidence in the General, the average American certainly has. The General's judgement and "loose lips" is scary!

    June 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  399. Chris

    As an Officer he is has violated a regulation that falls under the Uniform Code of Military justice. Officers are not allowed to say anything disparaging about the President or members of high civilian authority in the chain of command. This is definitely not allowed and he definitely should be relieved of his duties. Any enlisted Soldier doing that to an Officer would most likely be charged and maybe court martialed. Despite that being said he is the leader of Soldiers and this reflects bad judgement and leaves him vulnerable for those same actions with his subordinates doing that to him.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  400. David

    I am disappointed with the clamor over some locker-room comments by people letting off steam in an estremely stressful situation, I am much more angry with the reporter who took locker-room chatter and made it into an incident that could cause our troops harm. Everyone knows Rolling Stone opposes the war and this is a cheap effort by them to affect the prosecution. McCrystal's real blunder was to let this reporter near their headquarters. He should be the one fired.

    Obama is an old locker-room guy and I hope he has the maturity to see this for what it was an return our commander to his post.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  401. Bob Simenson

    About the shortage of black teachers. The young black students know where the money is so their focus is on sports. Why should they settle for a menial job when they can become a millionaire by playing games.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  402. jon

    If the general' (mccrystal) colonels or captains said the same thing about him what he said about the president, what would be his actions... I'm betting he would releive them of command.... So this is what should happen to the general... jon...

    June 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  403. Lee, New York

    General McChrystal has a thirty-two year military career with the highest rank for an Army officer. He well understands how things are to be done professionally. How could such a discipline man by training, tradition and experience make such a bad judgment as to give an embedded reporter 24/7 access to his inner world. He knew that the reporter was capturing everything that was being said. Plus, the reporter checked with his staff when the final article was ready for press.

    The General is not irreplacable. If so, we would be in a bad condition. The military more so than any private business, has to be able to carry on when changes are made at the top.

    If President Obama decides to keep him in the position, it will be because he feels that it is the nest decision in terms of the specific mission. If he does not, the mission will go on.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  404. Sista Vet

    Gen. McChrystal: He will go T-O-D-A-Y-!

    June 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  405. Michael from Ft. Hood, Texas

    For all of you people who have avoided the wonderful event in life of serving your country, you have to understand that the military does not conform to the everyday rules that you people that are civilians enjoy. As a soldier, and especially as an officer you check your opinions at the swearing in ceremony, and faithfully make an oath to follow your Commander in Chief into harm's way with any type of "hesitation or mental reservation". And not only do you swear to defend your country "against all enemies both foreign and domestic". You pledge your devotion and "allegiance to the same". This is the code of honor and integrity that makes a soldier a soldier. Until you have taken that oath, you don't understand why we do what we do.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  406. Jean

    @ Kevin: What type of person are you? You have portrayed that it is OK for a subordinate to publicly criticize and demean President Obama, your US President and that it is acceptable to disrespect authority and to relay your work frustrations of the system to the Media, as The Rolling Stone Magazine.
    In general life, have you heard of the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you have others do unto you?" This also applies in business of whatever nature and in our personal lives.
    If you were in the US President's position and also in his administration, how would you appreciate the actions and comments of this General who has a reporting relationship with him, who is his Boss, the Boss of the Army?
    I would think that the general was out-of-place and has exceeded his authority. He should have recognized the position in which he is in, one of a subordinate nature and should have known better than to make such derogatory comments about his US President whom he reports to. President Obama is his boss and not the opposite.
    Also, if you were an employer, a boss, a parent, one in authority, how would you like your subordinates to openly and publicly criticize you? I bet you would not be pleased and that you would get extremely angry and God knows what the result of your reaction would be.
    What type of message and example are you sending to the American people, the rest of the world and those who will read your comments which CNN Newsroom kindly posted on Its Blog, that every subordinate in the US Army and in the US administration should be insubordinate to the US President in such a manner and to go public with their views, criticizing the US President before America and the rest of the world in general? All those as yourself who commend this General and make excuses for his disrespectful actions have extremely erred.
    The entire world has heard what the General has stated and obedient people who have great respect for authority because of their positions as the US President are shocked about it. They, too, have their views which are in favor of General McCrystal resigning. You and those who think that what the General said is acceptable are in need of learning a lesson in respect for authority; respect for people in general. May God assist you, grace you and grant you enlightenment accordingly.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  407. Priscilla

    Every one knows Bush would have fired him on the spot. I think that President Obama has shown just what kind of person he is by giving the General a chance to tell his side of the story. It was extremely bad judgment on the General's part and not proper behavior for a military officer. As they wife of a retired Marine and the mother of a Soldier ,even I know that this is not acceptable for anyone in the military to publicly make statements degrading the Commander In Chief. You are entitled to your own opinions but you may not make public statements. What ever the President decides it will be in the best interest of the country and the continuing war effort.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  408. Gynnie Ann De Jesus

    General Stanley McChrystal's commends was a direct attack against the Office of the Presidency of the United States. Fire the enemy!

    June 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  409. Nathaniel Breakler

    Gen McChrystal will be relieved of his command. I served 21 years in the Navy and this is something you don't do to a superior. He can be replaced, no one is indispensable

    June 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  410. Carol

    Generally, I am in favor of Pres. Obama's attempts to reconcile disagreements, whether it is within this country or with the international community, but McChrystal stepped over a clearly-defined line, and one well-known to him as a man who has made the US military his career: disrespecting the Commander-in-Chief undermines the war effort and is simply not OK.

    As another poster has pointed out, you cannot be fired from the military, but only relieved of command. In my opinion, allowing him to get away with early retirement is not a good option because the damage he has done to troupe morale, and our standing before both our allies and our detractors is substantial enough to undermine the success of the objectives of this war and really cannot be forgiven.

    While I was very much against this Bush war and feel we would never be in it had Obama been president when "Mission Accomplished" occurred, now that we are in it we need to pursue our objectives, whatever they may be and however they may change and evolve under this relatively new administration. Most assuredly, McChrystal's opinions carry tremendous weight in the determination of the outcome of our efforts. He should be court-marshalled; he broke the very rules and codes under which he serves. His insubordination amounts to treason in my view.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  411. Gynnie Ann De Jesus

    Glad to hear the the man was removed from is position! Bravo!

    America is back on track!

    June 23, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  412. Brent Greer

    He should NOT be fired. He is a General in the army, not a politician. It is that edge that makes him an effective soldier and leader. Sometimes the truth hurts. It's a shame that the President can't deal with the oilspill as swiftly as he has done this.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  413. roderick m. farb petty

    Obama has made the reprehensible mistake, one of his short career. McCrystal could have just been repremanded and the "war" could move on as planned.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  414. Robert, Los Angeles

    If we can't run a war because of ONE person, then we have bigger problems. Pres. Obama had to fire him. He did the right thing.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  415. Tracy

    The big thing that everyone is ignoring is that the far right and the tea party have helped to create a climate that makes it OK to criticize Barack Obama. You have Justice Alito shaking his head during the state of the union, you have politicians openly saying "You Lie" to his face, and you have politicians on television calling him a nazi, illegal alien and worse.
    SO the general felt that it was not a big deal to say what he said. This is dangerous. People on the right hate this black president so much that they are willing to put the lives of our soldiers at risk because of their hate. Does that make any sense? It's fitting that the USA advanced in the World Cup in South Africa. South Africa is a country that berated and vilified it's first black president, so is the USA.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  416. James

    Thank you General McChrystal for your dedication and comittment of service to our Armed Forces and America. It is regretful that you have had to experience such an ordeal and serve under the incompetence of Americas now, hopefully for a brief period "Commander and Chief" -We will keep America, you and those in service in our prayers.
    God bless you sir.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  417. Valeria

    Has anyone considered that McCrystal wanted out and this was his way to do it. Perhaps he figured he would not win and therefore, it would not be his fault????

    June 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  418. Maureen Mather

    I was raised in a military family. Two things are incredibly important to a successful military: strict adherence to the chain of command and sound judgment. General McChrystal sounded increasingly like the fictional Colonel Nathan Jessup. His ego overshadowed his judgment. Some one might want to ask Pat Tillman's family what they thought of his judgment.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  419. Bill

    So...are we over there to win the war or to just give them money to stop attacking us??? Don't listen to the Generals, do what the civilians want and let out military pay the price.

    Why is it that it's alright to give our money to the enemy so they will not attack us, but when someone says anything about anything, he's fired.

    Gimme a break.

    Thank you Gen for all your service to this country.

    God help us.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  420. Retired NCO

    So now, no high ranking military officer should speak with any reporters because it will be printed and they will be replaced or forced to retire.

    You can question how things are done, you can ask for more troops, you can say we need to do this differently, B U T YOU WILL DO IT MY WAY and like it. Who cares if troops get killed, it's a war and the generals have no idea how to fight this war. Just do what I want and SHUT UP!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  421. Lynette

    @ Jean: then I guess you think it's ok for Obama to openly blame, criticise, demean, point fingers at everyone else, including past presidents for failures? It's not ok to do what the General did, and it was not ok for the RS to print it. But what person doesn't speak his mind about a lot of things we are for or against? What person doesn't speak his mind about the President in office? Should the President take away our rights to speak, and on top of that, take away something from us, such as benefits, housing, etc, just because we speak what is on our minds?

    June 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  422. Wendy J

    Lynette – this is called insubordination.... You get fired for that. What you are talking about is freedom of speech – totally different.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  423. michael erickson

    Well now since the "bad" General has resigned (OK FIRED) I suppose the next move for him will be to take up a new job with FOX as his job is done and he is done in the military that is for sure...Surely his appearance on FOX should prove to be interesting!

    June 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  424. Frank Bruni

    This issue begs a lot of answers. It is also a mesage to the leadership of the military that talking to the media can be harmfull to your career and with that comes the question. Who, in the Pentagon allowed a reporter from a magazine that is pretty much anti everything to go to Afghanistan and meet up the General McChyrstal and his staff and then interview them ?? This General Officer is very widely respected by and within the combat arms community. He is known to sit down with his soldiers and chat with them, on a level a lot of his peers admire and respect and making him very unique, he remembers them by name and takes therir comments to heart.

    At the same time, he has been hamstrung by the so called ROI, that is a very narrow list of rules that allow this, but not that, and oh, by the way......and making this equally difficult, having to deal with a goverment that is corrupt, uses double speak fluently, and with the army that would just as soon as run and then at night snipe at our guys.

    Frustrated, you bet and after a while something has got to give. The Pentagon did him no favors by allowing Rolling Stone in and with this, you can bet his peers are goiong to be a wole lot of reluctant to speak to anybody unless their credentials are squeeky clean and they are well known and can understand these officers and enlisted soldiers, that at times, a little venting is what the medics ordered and is not for public consumption.

    General McChrystal, I salute you sir and

    June 23, 2010 at 9:06 pm |
  425. Smith in Oregon

    Did Gen. Stanley McChrystal's treasonous comments and his staff's disregard for Richard Holbroke recently lead to the Taliban successfully firing two rockets/missiles at the V22 Osprey carrying Holbroke and the Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry who McChrystal also saw as a problem and major headache, nearly bringing it down?

    Richard Holbroke was recently visiting Marja, a key town, to assess whether the new U.S. counter insurgency strategy is working or falling short. Did the soldiers protecting the landing area know of McChrystal's treasonous comments towards Richard Holbroke and Karl Eikenberry and go soft on their protection?

    Taliban gunmen tried to shoot down Holbrooke's V22 Osprey as it approached for a landing, triggering a gunbattle with the insurgents that lasted for about 10 minutes. A trio of suicide bombers detonated themselves during an attack on the U.S. base as Holbrooke was leaving. Holbrooke, the White House's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, visited both Kandahar and Marja to see for himself what progress if any had been made by Gen. McChrystals shake and bake strategy. Richard Holbrooke was traveling with Karl Eikenberry, the former Army general who is now U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

    It seems overly coincidental that two men that McChrystal hated the most apparently had several close calls in the security screen protecting them in Marjah. Thankfully the multiple attacks failed. It does seem someone very high up in command tipped off the Taliban that both Richard Holbroke and Karl Eikenberry were flying into Marjah that day.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:15 am |
  426. Juan Clar

    I am surprised that CNN reporters have not questioned his motives. His troops were not happy with the direction he was taking them. He knew he would be fired and the good old boy network would take care of him. Was this planned?
    1> Did he want to change the coduct of the war?
    2> Does he have political asperations? Will he retire and run for office?
    3> What happens to his staff? I would not be surprised if left in place.
    4> Did this man sacrificed himself for the president?

    June 24, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  427. manuel sorrell

    It is a shame that General Mac. would let a great career go done the drain. He has done so much defending our country. I ask myself why? As a military veteran I find it shameful regarding his conduct as a Officer commanding our troops. He should have had more control over his staff. President Obama did the right thing in replacing him.

    June 25, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  428. William Kotkoski

    While there is a thing called freedom of speech, there are less freedoms just from being in the military. A Military person is not a civilian; even while off duty. He is a G.I.That stands for Government Issue. Once your signature is affixed to the proper forms, the civilian, in essence , becomes himself, a government property. An example : Most military know that they can get in trouble for getting sunburned ( for damaging government property; though rarely enforced ).I do not care for the way Gen. Mc Chrystal flaunts authority with something even as simple as his not wearing headgear as he goes from his vehicle to the Whitehouse. What would he do to a "lowly" enlisted person if he caught him outdoors without a hat? Rules are rules. They apply from an E-1 clear to an O-10. Has he not heard of the UCMJ and similar regulations?

    June 25, 2010 at 11:03 pm |
  429. Luther

    Mr. McChrystal had to be removed, because he was disrespectful to the Office of the President. Those of you that served during the 1970s had to show respect even to a general staff car by saluting the car without a general inside. The military cannot afford having men showing disrespect for their superiors at any time it shows disunity in the military. We have the right to like or dislike those individuals in the offices, but as a nation we have to respect their positions they hold. The majority of the country elected both the President and Vice President for their Offices. It is fortunate that Mr. McChrystal was in officer and could resign, because if he was an enlisted man he would be in jail. The military and it's mission functions on discipline, which also requires not attacking the elected staff that was put over you. Most Americans love America and understand that the Constitution and laws must be followed or anarchy would allow our enemies destroy us as a nation!

    June 26, 2010 at 7:16 am |